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Samuel Dent

Samuel Dent

Care in Higher Education: The Experiences of Students Who Care For Children


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Outline of research project

My research looks at the conceptualisation of the institutional concept of ‘care’ in a university setting, seeking to do this through the elucidation of the experiences of students who care for children while studying. My research involves the conduct of an institutional ethnography within a higher education institution to explore the following principal research questions

  • How is ‘care’ conceptualised (if at all) by the institution and by students who ‘care’?
  • What are the experiences of students who care for children, during their studies within a Higher Education Institution?
  • More information about my research can be found in my article for the SAGE Research Methods Cases project

Key references

BROOKS, R. (2012b). Student-parents and higher education: a cross-national comparison. Journal of Education Policy, 27, pp.423-439.

CLEGG, S. and ROWLAND, S. (2010). Kindness in pedagogical practice and academic life. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31, 719-735.

LYNCH, K. (2010). Carelessness: A hidden doxa of higher education. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 9, 54-67.

LYNCH, K., BAKER, J. and LYONS, M. (2009). Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice, Palgrave Macmillan.

MOREAU, M.-P. and KERNER, C. (2013). Care in academia: an exploration of student parents’ experiences. British Journal of Sociology of Education, pp.1-19.

SMITH, D. E. (2006). Institutional ethnography as practice. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

STEVENSON, J., CLEGG, S. and LEFEVER, R. (2010). The discourse of widening participation and its critics: an institutional case study. London Review of Education, 8, pp.105-115.

Director of studies
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson

Dr Nicola Lightfoot

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