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Barriers to student engagement in clubs and societies: a social capital perspective

Brereton, F and Mistry, V (2019) Barriers to student engagement in clubs and societies: a social capital perspective. Innovations in Practice, 13 (2). pp. 24-45. ISSN 1757-921X

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In 2018/19, John Moores Students’ Union embarked on a ‘ground clearing’ exercise to determine the barriers students face when engaging, or trying to engage, with a student-led sports club or society. An online survey to students revealed several barriers: difficulty in ‘fitting in’, costs, time, geography, and communication. This paper reflects on the outcomes of the survey and offers an interpretive lens based on the ideas of social capital, as espoused by Pierre Bourdieu and Robert D. Putnam.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: students' union; student engagement; social capital; sports clubs; societies
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Teaching & Learning Academy
Publisher: LJMU
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 13:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:14
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.iip.vol13iss2article319
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11940
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