ERIC Number: ED558860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: N/A
Welcoming Blue-Collar Scholars into the Ivory Tower: Developing Class-Conscious Strategies for Student Success. Series on Special Student Populations
Soria, Krista M.
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
"Welcoming Blue-Collar Scholars Into the Ivory Tower" is the first volume in a new book series designed to explore how institutional policies, practices, and cultures shape learning, development, and success for students who have been historically underserved or given limited consideration in the design of higher education contexts. Using the theory of social reproduction as a lens, Krista Soria explores working-class students' access to and experiences in the academic and social spaces of the campus. Chapters focusing on the classroom and social settings offer recommendations for transforming the learning environment to better support students from working-class backgrounds. Strategies for increasing access, including precollege support networks, and creating inclusive campuses are also addressed. This compact, accessible volume provides both the theoretical grounding and the practical strategies educators need to create a welcoming environment for this underserved population. Following a foreword by Tracy L. Skipper the series editor, this book is organized into the following chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Theoretical Perspectives on Social Class in Higher Education; (3) Access to Higher Education: Examining the Roots of Disparities in Attendance and Attainment; (4) Class in the Class(ed)room; (5) Social Class and Integration on Campus; and (6) Strategies for Campuswide Reform to Support Working-Class Students in Transition. References, an index, and an about the author section is included.
Descriptors: Blue Collar Occupations, Social Class, Working Class, Social Theories, Social Influences, Educational Environment, Networks, Social Support Groups, Attendance, Higher Education, Educational Attainment, Student Needs, College Students, Transitional Programs
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition