Fighting to Study: Messages From the Front Line

Hargrave, Bruce, Jacques, Kevin and Cobham, David (2019) Fighting to Study: Messages From the Front Line. In: Essays in Online Education: A Global Perspective. Unisa Press. ISBN 9871776150519

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One of the most specialised and demanding of student learning experiences imaginable is that of the serving member of the military forces who is undertaking a Higher Education programme of study. Not only is there a challenge in dividing their time between that spent on base, at home and when posted - often overseas and sometimes in a combat situation - but there is often little or no advanced warning of significant and disruptive changes to those allocations of time. Military students, probably more than any other category, experience multiple challenging transitions: from service to study, between civilian and military culture, into and return from combat, planning for then leaving their service and so on.

In this chapter the authors consider the learning experience of students employed by the UK military and address some of the barriers and challenges they face. A focus is put onto the transitions experienced by these students and a theoretical framework is applied to help understand how these transitions might affect their learning and their ability to study.

Keywords:transnational education
Subjects:X Education > X220 Study skills
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Vice Chancellors Office
ID Code:37050
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 09:55

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