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Project: Future students’ perspectives on higher education

The aim of this research project is to identify and analyse descriptions by future higher education students’ concerning interests and expectations regarding continued studies at university level in relation to: proximity to studies, academic environment, selection of courses and programmes, and presence of research.

Facts about the project

Name
Future students in the northern part of Kalmar County. An analysis of described interests and expectations
Project manager
Goran Basic
Other project members
Klara Björkum
Timetable
2020–
Research subject
Pedagogy, sociology, social work, social psychology (Department of Pedagogy and Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences)
Research environment
Research in Inclusion, Democracy and Equity (RIDE)

More about the project

Linnaeus University and Campus Västervik carry out a research project with focus on Future students’ perspectives on higher education in the northern part of Kalmar County.

The project will focus on the following:

  1. How is the interest for continued studies at university level described by future higher education students in Västervik, Vimmerby, and Hultsfred?
  2. How are the conditions for continued studies at university level described by future higher education students in Västervik, Vimmerby, and Hultsfred?

The methodological inspiration for the project can be found in ethnographic tradition. In the project, qualitative, empirical data in the form of dialogue-promoting interviews, documents and field notes from several municipalities in the northern part of Kalmar County will be collected and analysed.

The scientific research on these topics and questions is extremely limited for the northern parts of Kalmar County. We do not have enough knowledge about future higher education students’ – in the northern parts of Kalmar County – interests and expectations concerning continued studies in relation to proximity to studies, academic environment, selection of courses and programmes, and presence of research. The extent to which we have tested sociological and pedagogical perspectives on interests and conditions concerning continued studies at university level in this context is far too limited. The current research project has the ambition to contribute to knowledge development in relation to the theme of the study by using sociological and pedagogical theoretical and methodological points of departure.