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'I want to prove to myself that I can do this!': Risk and uncertainty in the construction of personal biographies for access students

Waller, Richard

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This paper is a preliminary discussion of research findings from a PhD study that began within UWE’s Education Faculty in September 2001. It will seek to outline provisional thoughts as to how notions of risk and uncertainty are employed in the construction of personal biographies for (mature) students on an Access course. Extracts from interviews undertaken with the students will be 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, is paramount for some of the cohort. Others meanwhile express worries over how non academic issues including relationship or monetary pressures may jeopardise their chances of success.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Journal Redland Papers
Print ISSN 1360-1334
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Pages 52-61
APA6 Citation Waller, R. (2002). 'I want to prove to myself that I can do this!': Risk and uncertainty in the construction of personal biographies for access students
Keywords mature students, access courses, further education, non-traditional students, risk and identity

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