University of Oulu

Peltola, M. and Suorsa, T. (2020). University studies in the adjacent tab: dimensions of students’ agency and everyday life in the rural north of Finland. Education in the North, 27(2) pp. 92-105.

University studies in the adjacent tab : dimensions of students’ agency and everyday life in the rural north of Finland

Saved in:
Author: Peltola, Maria1; Suorsa, Teemu1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.6 MB)
Persistent link:
Language: English
Published: University of Aberdeen, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-23


This paper focuses on the everyday life and agency of university students. The study aims to deepen the understanding of university students’ agency in the age of modern technology, especially in a rural context where studying mostly happens at home. Agency and everyday life are explored from a cultural-historical perspective. Technology and remote teaching have made it possible to study far from universities and to combine work, family and studies. Yet, everyday life and agency processes are complex and multidimensional. The research material consists of written descriptions by 39 university students of their everyday lives when studying at home. The students wrote about their lives as a part of their early childhood education studies. This article focuses on recognizing dimensions of agency in the lives of 17 students studying in northern rural Finland, far from their university. The article presents three ways in which agency is pursued: 1) by articulating participation and engagement, 2) by organizing the conditions and dealing with the possibilities and restrictions, and 3) by mapping meanings, aims and grounds. All three dimensions of agency have specific content relating to life in the rural north.

see all

Series: Education in the north
ISSN: 0424-5512
ISSN-E: 2398-0184
ISSN-L: 0424-5512
Volume: 27
Issue: 2
Pages: 92 - 105
DOI: 10.26203/3w82-8n5
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2020 Peltola et al. This is an open access article distri buted under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non commercial License ( nc/4.0/), which permits non commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.