Beyond the economics, benefit and cost of higher education: First in family student perspectives

dc.contributor.authorGraham, C
dc.contributor.authorKing, Sharron
dc.contributor.authorLuzeckyj, Ann
dc.contributor.authorMcCann, B
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-12T23:31:53Z
dc.date.available2016-09-12T23:31:53Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.descriptionThis article is open access under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY).
dc.description.abstractInternationally, higher education is considered key to individual and societal economic success. Using a narrative inquiry approach, this paper broadens our understanding of the benefit and cost of participating in higher education (HE) beyond employment opportunities and tuition fees. The qualitative study on which this paper is based explores the lived experience of eighteen First in Family (FiF) students to create a collection of narrative accounts. On the basis of this evidence, we argue that the benefit of HE extends to encompass the strengthening of FiF students’ sense of competencies and confidence, contributes towards broadening of social experiences, and transforms perspectives. Furthermore, associated non-monetary costs of HE includes the requirement to balance competing life demands and the adoption of poor health behaviours. The study highlights the importance of both monetary and non-monetary factors when assessing overall return on investment of HE.en
dc.identifier.citationGraham, C., King, S., Luzeckyj, A.M. and McCann, B. (2015). Beyond the economics, benefit and cost of higher education: First in family student perspectives. In STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Handbook & Proceedings. Online: Jason Thomas Events. STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Melbourne. Jul 2015. pp. 1-10.en
dc.identifier.issn2205-0795)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/36392
dc.language.isoen
dc.oaire.license.condition.licenseCC-BY
dc.publisherQueensland University of Technologyen
dc.rightsCopyright 2015 The Authorsen
dc.rights.holderThe Authorsen
dc.titleBeyond the economics, benefit and cost of higher education: First in family student perspectivesen
dc.typeArticleen
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupLuzeckyj, Ann: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1445-8410en_US
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