ERIC Number: EJ1161965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing the Importance of Cultural Capital on Post-Secondary Education Attendance in Canada
Childs, Stephen; Finnie, Ross; Mueller, Richard E.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v42 n1 p57-91 2018
This paper extends the current literature on access to post-secondary education by investigating the role played by various family background characteristics related to the home environment and family habits and behaviours. Exploiting the extraordinary richness of the Youth in Transition Survey in this regard, we include whether the family ate dinner together, whether they discussed current affairs, and how often their children went to concerts--and if so, what "kind" of concerts. Many of these factors are found to have a significant relationship with attending post-secondary education, university in particular. Furthermore, these factors are in addition to--and at least to some degree independent of--more conventional influences such as parental education and family income. With appeal to the paradigm of "cultural capital"--which refers to the knowledge, experiences, and connections which help individuals succeed in life--these results indicate how advantages in accessing higher levels of education accrue to those from families that are rich in this kind of asset, while others are left behind.
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Correlation, College Attendance, Foreign Countries, Surveys, Family Relationship, Family Income, Family Environment, Current Events, Cultural Activities, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Secondary School Students, Parent Background, Educational Attainment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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