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ERIC Number: EJ1103649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Avoiding the Manufacture of "Sameness": First-in-Family Students, Cultural Capital and the Higher Education Environment
O'Shea, Sarah
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v72 n1 p59-78 Jul 2016
Drawing upon Bourdieu's theories of social and cultural capital, a number of studies of the higher education environment have indicated that students who are first-in-family to come to university may lack the necessary capitals to enact success. To address this issue, university transition strategies often have the primary objective of "filling students up" with legitimate forms of cultural capital required by the institution. However, this article argues that such an approach is fundamentally flawed, as students can be either framed as deficit or replete in capitals depending on how their particular background and capabilities are perceived. Drawing on interviews conducted with first-in-family students, this article explores how one cohort considered their movement into university and how they enacted success within this environment. Utilising Yosso's Community Cultural Wealth framework, this article discusses how these individuals drew upon existing and established capital reserves in this transition to higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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