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Title: 'Bursting the Bubble' : a mixed methods study of the ERASMUS experiences of English university students
Author: Whittaker, Craig Frank
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 6454
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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The ERASMUS student exchange programme is the European Union's flagship higher education student mobility programme, yet it consistently underperforms relative to targets despite hundreds of millions of Euros of expenditure each year. Levels of participation by students from English universities remain low compared to other leading countries, and numbers of ERASMUS students entering England outnumber those leaving by a ratio of approximately two to one. This research investigates how a small sample of English ERASMUS students experience their ERASMUS exchange in order to better understand influences upon English students participation and how the experience affects their sense of identity. Using a novel combination of semi-structured interviews, photographic analysis and repertory grid analysis within an abductive research strategy the research groups participants into ideal types which are used to show how the forces of agency and structure act to shape participant experiences. Conclusions are drawn regarding how institutions and individuals can make choices that will increase the benefits gained from an ERASMUS exchange, and suggestions for further research are made.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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