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Student Choice of Higher Education

‘Choice of higher education’ can refer to the decision to go on to higher education at the end of school or college—rather than pursue vocational training or enter paid employment, for example. It can also refer to the choice of subject of study and choice of institution ‘within’ higher education. All three types of student choice are discussed in this entry.

It is important to note that these choice-making processes have differed across both time and space. In the 21st century, many more young people across the world go on to higher education than in the past, and so it has become a much more standard ‘youth transition’ than was the case for much of the 20th century. Similarly, since the 1990s, many higher education sectors ...

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