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“Everybody gets one or two chances in life, this is my second!”: Risk and the construction of (mature) students’ biographies

Waller, Richard

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This article presents preliminary findings from a PhD study that began in September 2001. It seeks to outline provisional thoughts as to how the notion of risk influences the construction of biographies for mature students on an Access course at a Further Education college in the South West of England. Extracts from interviews undertaken with students are used in an effort to ground the theory in personal experience. The fear of failing the course thus reinforcing previous negative experiences of the education system and further damaging an already low self esteem are paramount for some of the cohort. Others meanwhile express worries over how non academic issues including family or monetary pressures and uncertainty about the future may jeopardise their chances of success.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Journal Auto/Biography
Print ISSN 0967-5507
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1&2
Pages 77-83
APA6 Citation Waller, R. (2002). “Everybody gets one or two chances in life, this is my second!”: Risk and the construction of (mature) students’ biographies
Keywords mature students, identity, risk, narrative research, non-traditional students, further education, higher education

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