ERIC Number: EJ718935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 36
La noblesse d'etat anglaise ? Social Class and Progression to Postgraduate Study
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n4 p505-522 Sep 2005
Despite rapid growth in UK postgraduate education and a current focus on issues of access to higher education, consideration of possible social class differentials at the postgraduate level is missing from the sociological literature. Using Higher Education Statistics Agency data, this paper presents a preliminary investigation of the relationship between social class and progression to postgraduate study in England and considers the interplay with other salient variables, including subject of study, institutional type and first-degree achievement. Evidence of a social class differential in progression to higher degrees is used to test various sociological theories, particularly those proposed by Bourdieu. There is support for the concept of "institutional habitus" developed in recent UK studies. It is concluded that there is scope for further in-depth empirical research into social class and postgraduate study.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Class, Graduate Study, Social Theories, Institutional Characteristics, Gender Differences, Educational Attainment, Majors (Students)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)