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ERIC Number: EJ1162102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Family Legacy or Family Pioneer? Social Class Differences in the Way Adolescents Construct College-Going
Langenkamp, Amy G.; Shifrer, Dara
Journal of Adolescent Research, v33 n1 p58-89 Jan 2018
In an era of heightened educational expectations, it can be difficult to discern why would-be first-generation college-going adolescents are less likely to enroll in college than non-first generation adolescents. This article draws from cultural sociology to interpret differences in the way that adolescents socially construct the transition into college. Our data come from focus groups with 37 boys and 43 girls conducted in a racially diverse school district in central Texas in the United States. We find that adolescents are generally highly ambitious in their educational expectations. However, adolescents who would be the first in their family to attend college have distinctive cultural frames related to the postsecondary transition compared to adolescents whose parents went to college. Would-be first generation adolescents perceive going to college as being a family pioneer rather than continuing the family legacy, which represents a point of departure from their family of origin. Identifying distinct cultural frames and the ways that school context shapes students' cultural frames enhances our understanding of social class differences in the college-going behavior of American adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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