The risks of timely degree completion: Student perspectives on following non-straightforward patterns in higher education in the paradigm of speed

Bidragets oversatte titel: Risici ved hurtig studiegennemførelse: Studerendes perspektiver på fremdriftsparadigmet

Laura Louise Sarauw, Simon Ryberg Madsen

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In 2014, the Danish government introduced a reform with the aim to fast-track student completion. Today, three years after the reform, statistics show that the universities have almost accomplished the political objective. In this article, however, we question the success of the reform when looking onto other parameters than timeliness. Firstly, with Beck and Latour, we provide a conceptual platform for analyzing how the reform imposes a new “risk-dilemma” upon the students as they balance the new political sanctions on delay against the ideas and vision that governed their participation before the reform, i.e. freedom to following individual rhythms and trajectories. Secondly, with reference to a nationwide survey among 4500 university students (2015) and a series of focus group interviews (2013-16), we display how the students navigate within this dilemma, and what it means in terms of potentially shifting their understanding of the purpose of participating in higher education.
Bidragets oversatte titelRisici ved hurtig studiegennemførelse: Studerendes perspektiver på fremdriftsparadigmet
TidsskriftLearning and Teaching in the Social Sciences
Sider (fra-til)1-21
Antal sider21
StatusAccepteret/In press - 30 jan. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa

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