ERIC Number: EJ1127106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Time and Money Explain Social Class Differences in Students' Social Integration at University
Rubin, Mark; Wright, Chrysalis L.
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n2 p315-330 2017
Working-class students tend to be less socially integrated at university than middle-class students. The present research investigated two potential reasons for this working-class social exclusion effect. First, working-class students may have fewer finances available to participate in social activities. Second, working-class students tend to be older than middle-class students and, consequently, they are likely to have more work and/or childcare commitments. These additional commitments may prevent them from attending campus which, in turn, reduces their opportunity for social integration. These predictions were confirmed among undergraduate students at an Australian university (N = 433) and a US university (N = 416). Strategies for increasing working-class students' social integration at university are discussed.
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Social Integration, Working Class, Middle Class, Student Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Social Isolation, Student Employment, Child Care, Age Differences, Prediction, Student Attitudes, Time Management, Socioeconomic Influences, Correlation, Statistical Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States