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Hindu students in a further education college : an ethographic enquiry

Oliver, Paul (1991) Hindu students in a further education college : an ethographic enquiry. Doctoral thesis, Huddersfield Polytechnic.

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    This is an ethnographic study of a sample of Hindu students in a Further Education
    college. The students are all following a course leading to the Certificate of Pre-
    Vocational Education. The data consists of transcripts of informal interviews and of
    classroom teaching situations; and is analysed from the perspective of an interpretive
    paradigm. The purpose of the study is to reveal the methods used by the students in
    reaching an understanding of their own social world. The study seeks to construct a
    series of world views which reflect the ways in which the students perceive their own
    sense of reality. The research attempts to explore the views of students on several areas
    including religion and culture, their feelings about the education system, and their
    aspirations for employment and a career.

    Generally speaking, research studies in the sociology of education tend to focus on the
    schools sector, and it is the intention of this research to redress the balance somewhat in
    the direction of Further Education. Moreover, studies in multicultural education often
    describe their samples in non-specific ways such as "Asian students" or "ethnic
    minorities", and place little emphasis upon the social influences of specific religion and
    culture. By investigating a particular religious group it is hoped to encourage more
    studies which place an emphasis upon the importance of religion in defining the social life
    of Asian people.

    The study of this sample of Hindu students suggests that there exists a specifically Hindu
    perception of the world, and that the maintenance of this is of importance to the
    students. The students appeared to have a profound desire to succeed in the educational
    system, and to apply that success to particular vocational contexts. An apparently
    strong motivation to achieve something of value in life was sustained in part by a sense
    of parental support and interest. The students did not appear to be preoccupied with the
    racism which they encountered in society. It was also noted that the female students
    tended to reject firmly the traditional Hindu gender roles. Generally there was a tendency
    for these young people to develop considerably greater proficiency in spoken rather than
    written English. The thesis concludes with a reflexive account which seeks to describe
    the particular perspectives and approaches of the author in arriving at an understanding
    of the data.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Education & training Education Anthropology Folklore, Sociology, Human services, Education, Anthropology, Sociology
    Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2009 16:03
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:48


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