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‘Hot’, ‘cold’ and ‘warm’ information and higher education decision-making

SLACK, Kim and MANGAN, Jean and HUGHES, Amanda and Davies, Peter (2012) ‘Hot’, ‘cold’ and ‘warm’ information and higher education decision-making. British Journal of Sociology of Education, n/a (n/a). pp. 1-20. ISSN 0142-5692

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This paper draws on the notions of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ knowledge in analysing the responses of students to the relevance of different information and sources of such information in university choice. Analysis of questionnaire and focus group data from prospective and first-year undergraduate students provides evidence that many students put most credence on ‘hot’ knowledge, from persons in their social grapevine. However, this is supplemented by ‘warm’ knowledge from fleeting acquaintances at university open days. University provided knowledge is often distrusted. We discuss the implications of this given the recent government emphasis in England on the role of information provision in helping students to make informed decisions, including the relevance to the ‘fair access’ agenda.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Jean MANGAN
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 17:57
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 10:46
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/373

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