ERIC Number: EJ791384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
A Bleacher-Seat View of Cultural Capital: How Bad Is a Dented Bat?
Lundberg, Carol A.
About Campus, v11 n6 p8-12 Jan-Feb 2007
The author has become increasingly drawn to the notion of cultural capital and its explanatory function in regard to the experience of students in higher education, particularly students whose families have not shared the privilege granted by a college education. Through seasons of watching Little League, the author has discovered that there is capital in baseball as well, and it functions in some ways that are quite similar to cultural capital. Using the analogy between baseball capital and cultural capital, the author reflects the ways in which students who enter college with less cultural capital are disadvantaged, not through their ability or their commitment but through having less access to relationships and sources that foster success simply because the people involved understand higher education and can help students negotiate their way through an often complex maze. That disadvantage can be lessened when faculty and student affairs professionals share their capital with first-generation students. In the game of education, faculty members, student affairs professionals, and experienced students have lots of capital. Educators cannot influence every decision, every play that happens in the lives of their students, but they can be good company. They can provide the perspective of one who has played longer, who understands the game better. Perhaps most important, they can recognize a disheartened player, a student with questions he dares not ask, or a weary mother for whom quitting the game looks better than finishing the game.
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Foreign Culture, Disadvantaged, Socioeconomic Background, Social Support Groups, College Faculty, Social Capital, Role of Education, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Team Sports
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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