The construction of university students' identity in Mexico
This study explored the concept of university students' identity formation in Mexico. By
looking at the way students related higher education to different areas of their lives, it has
been possible to find different sources for their identity formation, This was done through a
qualitative analysis of three different types of discourse: the students' accounts, the
academics' points of view and the mission statements of the institutions involved.
The analysis from these different angles indicated that in the process of students' identity
formation different types of discourses can interact, meet and collide in the educational
scenario provided by the universities' 'habitat'. Out of this interaction, there were
similarities and differences in the ways students constructed their identities related to the
type of institution the attended (public or private), field of studies, gender and a students'
localization (foreign or local).
The implications of this study might influence the field of theory by presenting a case
where the negotiation of an identity presents issues of agency and structure interaction. It
could also offer insights into how identities can be approached through biographical
material. Lastly, it could invite some reflection as to the organisational teaching and
learning practices in similar educational institutions.