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ERIC Number: ED477149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 20
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Family Background, Forms of Capital, and Educational Outcomes of Children of Change.
Wang, Ling
Family background as a single entity, as distinguished from schooling in its effect, has been found to play a dominant role in children's educational outcomes on such indices as academic achievement, school persistence, and educational attainment. What are the mechanisms and/or processes through which family background creates and reproduces these educational patterns? Among the different theories proposed to understand the mechanisms/processes is the theoretical concept of forms of capital -- financial, human, social, and cultural. The concept of these four forms of capital and their relationship to education are critically examined, compared, and contrasted. A conceptual framework that incorporates family background, the concept of forms of capital, schooling facilitation, and educational outcomes are outlined. The conceptual framework is employed to explain the educational achievement patterns of three groups of children: (1) single-parent children, (2) children with employed mother, and (3) recent immigrant/refugee children. The paper refers to these three groups as "children of change." The paper concludes with theoretical and policy implications. (Contains 29 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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