Initiating, maintaining and finishing a higher learning line of study can be challenging and stressful for many students. After all, students are pursuing a new academic and professional habitus, which they cannot embody unless they engage themselves fully in the subject, in the problematic dilemmas and the (often) conflicting knowledge within the field of study and undergo processes of formation. But is it really so? On the basis of observations of and interviews with psychology students, this chapter will challenge these academic expectations and explore students’ concrete experiences of being in deep water. Students are challenged for many different reasons. Some relate to the subject matter and the processes of formation. Other reasons relate to performance and competition strategies in the pursuit of high grades. The article discusses how we can differentiate between habitus culturing involvement in the field of study and problematic types of student involvement in a complex field of unhealthy stress, competition in the light of current societal discourses, processes of formation and the pursuit of recognition from important others.
|Title of host publication||Educational Dilemmas : A Cultural Psychological Perspective|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Series||Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation|