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The Purpose of Education: The Perspective of Students and Graduates

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dc.contributor.advisor Trencher, Susan Rahman, Mohammed
dc.creator Rahman, Mohammed 2019-11-21 2020-02-14T21:32:29Z 2020-02-14T21:32:29Z
dc.description.abstract This thesis explored what goals and motivations propelled students to pursue a college education. The data was collected using semi-structured one-on-one interviews along with focus groups. The finding was then compared with the historical purposes of education. To that end, the history of the education system of the United States was examined to see how the purposes changed over time as well as to contextualize the views found in the interviews and focus groups. Cora Du Bios’s work on values helped to frame the historical context as well as point to cultural motivations for college. Victor Turner’s work on liminality helped to examine the state of anxiety that students go through as they attend college, transitioning into adulthood. This was juxtaposed with the neoliberal turn of the American economy which created a liminal state that the current college students found themselves having to navigate. Placing students in a very precarious position when they are trying to determine the best course of action for their future. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject purpose of education en_US
dc.subject college experience en_US
dc.subject values, liminality and education en_US
dc.subject education and economy en_US
dc.subject liminality and college en_US
dc.title The Purpose of Education: The Perspective of Students and Graduates en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US Master's en_US Anthropology en_US George Mason University en_US

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