Framing the geographies of higher education participation: schools, place and national identity

Michael Donnelly, Ceryn Evans

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Abstract

This paper considers the role of schools, place and national identity in shaping the ways in which young people make sense of the geography of higher education choice in the Welsh context. Drawing on two recent qualitative studies, it illustrates how attachment to nationhood and localities, as well as the internal processes of schools, bear upon the geographical mobility of young people living in Wales. The analyses suggest that this choice making process, and the ways in which young people rationalised these decisions about where to study, varies according to where they lived and which school they attended. The paper illustrates the importance of moving beyond exclusively social-class based analyses of university choice making and embracing the significance of school and place in young people’s geographical mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-92
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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