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When 'they' become 'us'
Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Livslångt lärande/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5306-7012
2010 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper elaborates on how representations changes when social identity does. Social representations are not static, representations can change over time, together with the identity. Social identity is not only based on how members of a group represent themselves, but also how the group is represented by others. It is also a representation of ‘we’ as something that is not ‘them’. In my research, I found out that the perception of ‘us’ as folk high school participants is instrumental in the formation of ‘they’, involving, among others, university students. Social representations of university among folk high school participants are often formed by second-hand and reproduced experiences, as participants themselves have not yet studied at university. Most of them have neither visited a university, or know any current or former university students. The folk high school identity is only the object of association during a very short period in a person’s life, for only one or a couple of years, which means that a change of education also leads to a rapid change between identities, i.e. what was previously referred to as ‘they’, becomes ‘us’. However, the key question addressed in this paper is what happens then?

This study includes an association study with one hundred participants taking the folk high school general course. In this study, I asked the participants about their associations regarding the words folk high school and university. Five years after the participants from the first association study finished folk high school I called them up and asked them again about their associations regarding the terms folk high school and university. Here I found out that the participants who had continued to university studies, in contrast to the result of the earlier study,  do not represent university as a (final) goal. The other two representations who was common among the folk high school participants – university as a (final) step in a stairway and university as not being folk high school – still occur, but in a quiet different form.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
social representations, social identity, widening participation, folk high scholl, university, cognitive polyphasia
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-9476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-9476DiVA: diva2:725274
Conference
10e Conférence Internationale sur les Représentations Sociales (CIRS), 5 au 8 juillet 2010, Gammarth, Tunis, organisée par Dorra Ben Alaya de l’Université de Tunis-El-Manar (Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines de Tunis, Dép. de Psychologie)
Available from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2014-06-16 Last updated: 2015-12-01Bibliographically approved

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