'A strategy of distinction' unfolds: Unsettling the undergraduate outbound mobility experience

Sidhu, Ravinder and Dall'Alba, Gloria (2017) 'A strategy of distinction' unfolds: Unsettling the undergraduate outbound mobility experience. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 38 4: 468-484. doi:10.1080/01425692.2015.1131143


Author Sidhu, Ravinder
Dall'Alba, Gloria
Title 'A strategy of distinction' unfolds: Unsettling the undergraduate outbound mobility experience
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3346
0142-5692
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01425692.2015.1131143
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 468
End page 484
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Although short-term mobility programmes are increasingly promoted to university students as sources of competitive advantage, there is little research on academic learnings arising from these initiatives. A field analysis' of outbound mobility is undertaken to identify convergences and disjunctures between institutional discourses, staff perceptions and student experiences at one Australian university where outbound mobility is actively promoted as a strategy of distinction'. Self-reported personal transformations' commonly associated with the mobility experience are interrogated in favour of alternative constructions of self-other relationships. An argument is made for greater institutional effort to enable students to make critical connections with other-ness' both in and out of place.
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Although short-term mobility programmes are increasingly promoted to university students as sources of competitive advantage, there is little research on academic learnings arising from these initiatives. A ‘field analysis’ of outbound mobility is undertaken to identify convergences and disjunctures between institutional discourses, staff perceptions and student experiences at one Australian university where outbound mobility is actively promoted as a ‘strategy of distinction’. Self-reported ‘personal transformations’ commonly associated with the mobility experience are interrogated in favour of alternative constructions of self–other relationships. An argument is made for greater institutional effort to enable students to make critical connections with ‘other-ness’ both in and out of place.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Sociology
Education & Educational Research
Sociology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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