Now What? Practical Implications for Higher Education

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In the light of the core pedagogical ideas, theoretical framework and methodology of the MaCE project, this chapter will discuss implications and options for working with young people in higher education. A core finding in MaCE points to the fact that the participatory approach is very fruitful for working with young people, in order to enhance their feeling of belonging and commitment in the educational system. From educational research, we know that the dropout rate is high in the students' first year of higher education. Therefore, we consider it important to build a solid foundation of trust and well-defined expectations among students and teachers, starting the very day they pass the doorstep of higher education. When applying such inclusive strategies, it becomes possible to collaborate with students as co-researchers in a socio-cultural learning environment. From the MaCE research, we learned that students thrive when academic hierarchies are toned down, making mutual reflections and partaking in discussion accessible for all students. A participatory pedagogy that involves students and builds relations empowers students' sense of meaning and belonging, making them more engaged and thus help decrease dropout rates in higher education. This points to the importance of strong relations and sufficient time for counselling and tutoring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCombatting marginalisation by co-creating education : methods, theories and practices from the perspectives of young people
EditorsDavid Thore Gravesen, Kaz Stuart, Mette Bunting, Sidse Hølvig Mikkelsen, Peter Hornbæk Frostholm
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9781800434516
ISBN (Electronic)9781800434486, 9781800434509
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesGreat Debates in Higher Education


  • children and youth
  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • education, professions and jobs
  • research designs, theory and method


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