Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Narrating unfinished business: adult learners using credit transfer to re-engage with higher education

an article by Ann Pegg and Terry Di Paolo (The Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK) published in Studies in Continuing Education Volume 35 Issue 2 (July 2013)


This paper seeks to advance our understanding of the credit transfer phenomenon in the UK, specifically how students draw on a credit as a form of institutional cultural capital.

Drawing on interviews with 26 part-time mature learners, this paper examines the progressive and retrospective orientations to study that surfaced in students’ accounts of credit transfer and their lifelong learning journeys. A common theme of ‘unfinished business’ appeared to dominate these accounts and a narrative-oriented analysis of the findings revealed the role of credit transfer in enabling students to complete varied personal projects or forms of ‘unfinished business’.

The findings of this work suggest that in an increasingly complex higher education market, there is a need to understand students’ strategic use of the credit they accumulate. In particular, this paper explores how credit transfer features in the narratives of students’ successful learning journeys.

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