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A waste of time? The Korean exchange students talk about the value of the period
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.
2006 (English)In: NFPF/NERA,2006, 2006, 34-34 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In my dissertation which is in progress, I study the Korean exchange student in Swedish higher education. The main objects of the study are their movement in time and space and the construction of the meaning of this movement. This presentation is based on the results of the last interviews with the students which took place in Korea sixth month after their return. They appreciate highly their experience of studying in Sweden, meeting the students from various countries and being far away from their own university. When they talk about the disadvantage of being an exchange student, they say that they have wasted their time. Even though they use the same expression, -a waste of time-, what they mean is slightly different. Drawing upon Actor network theory, I argue that we need to examine the ways in which the students- time is organized by their university and the ways in which the different universities create different subjectivities, to understand what they mean with -a waste of time-.

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2006. 34-34 p.
Keyword [en]
exchange student, representation of time
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33200Local ID: 19187OAI: diva2:254023
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09

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