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Exploring the transformation of actorship among students at a small Swedish University: background, actorship and achievement
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
2016 (English)In: Higher Education, ISSN 0018-1560, E-ISSN 1573-174X, Vol. 71, no 2, 289-305 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With an aim to better understand higher education’s potential for fostering personal development and social change, this study explores how students’ actorship in studies and civic engagement changed over time while enrolled in undergraduate programs at Halmstad University, Sweden. Additionally, it explores the relation among these students’ actorship, structural and psychosocial influences, and consequences in terms of formally obtained and self-reported achievements. Data were collected using three questionnaires in a time-step designed study, initially including 2004 students from 16 programs. Analyses revealed a trend of stable or decreasing actorship. Actorship was found to be strongly associated with gender and what programs the students attended, but not with social background factors such as parents’ education and family type. Psychosocial influences and actorship were marginally related to students’ achievements in terms of obtaining credits, but were more positively related to students’ own reports about gaining the knowledge and skills that would be useful for their future life and work. This, in combination with the students having high intentions to actively influence their future work, was interpreted as an indication of readiness to be social actors. This in turn suggests that readiness is a significant dimension in higher education, which might be further interpreted by applying theories about the Zone of Proximal Development. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

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Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2016. Vol. 71, no 2, 289-305 p.
Keyword [en]
Students, Actorship, Agency, Engagement, Achievement, Sweden
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-28382DOI: 10.1007/s10734-015-9902-xScopus ID: 2-s2.0-84930268540OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-28382DiVA: diva2:816257
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The author expresses gratitude to the partners in establishing and collecting data in the project Before, during, and after education at Halmstad University, Mattias Nilsson, Ann-Katrin Witt and especially Peter Björk and Jette Trolle-Schultz Jensen, for also being administrators in the project.

Available from: 2015-06-03 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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