Images and social representations of students’ identity and university experience

Ariane Franco Lopes da Silva*, Golda Cohen, Sandrine Gaymard

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The aim of this study is to understand the beliefs of first year undergraduates towards student identity and university experience. It is based on the theory of social representations and combines the methodologies of verbal and visual forms of representations to examine the beliefs of 104 students from Brazil and France. The results show conventional and subjective ideas about being a student, objectified in images and words. The results can aid in the design of educational projects to help new students adapt to university life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12.1-12.23
JournalPapers on Social Representations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020


  • Education
  • Images
  • Multi-methodology
  • Social representations
  • Student’s identity


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