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ERIC Number: EJ816510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Social Class, Identity and the "Good" Student: Negotiating University Culture
Pearce, Jane; Down, Barry; Moore, Elizabeth
Australian Journal of Education, v52 n3 p257-271 Nov 2008
Through the use of narrative portraits this paper discusses social class and identity, as working-class university students perceive them. With government policy encouraging wider participation rates from under-represented groups of people within the university sector, working-class students have found themselves to be the objects of much research. Working-class students are, for the most part, studied as though they are docile bodies, unable to participate in the construction of who they are, and working-class accounts of university experiences are quite often compared to the middle-class norms. This paper explores how working-class students see themselves within the university culture. Working-class students' voices and stories form the focus of this paper, in which the language of "disadvantage" is dealt with and the ideologies of class identity explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia