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Student withdrawal has received increased attention in the context of an expanding and more diverse Higher Education (HE) student population. Students leave University for interconnected, multiple reasons. Some explanations are internal to the University and may include support mechanisms, assessment feedback and quality of teaching and others are external, comprising critical life moments such as bereavement, ill health, financial constraint and domestic responsibilities. It is the complex interaction of these factors that shape students’ ‘sense of belonging’ and identification and experience with a Higher Education learner identity. This article provides insight into the students’ experiences of noncontinuation in one English University. Wenger’s social theory of learning is applied to explore students’ perceptions and gain a qualitative understanding regarding their experiences. Student withdrawal involves negotiation between the student and the University and relates to how the student experiences a ‘sense of belonging’ to University.
|Pages (from-to)||494 - 525|
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||Research in Educational Administration and Leadership (REAL)|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Dec 2019|
|Event||International Conference on Educational Leadership and Management - Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica|
Duration: 7 Mar 2019 → 8 Mar 2019