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ERIC Number: EJ825362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Social Class and Participation in Further Education: Evidence from the Youth Cohort Study of England and Wales
Thompson, Ron
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v30 n1 p29-42 Jan 2009
This paper examines the class distribution of young people, aged 16-17 years, in colleges of further education (FE) using data from the Youth Cohort Study. It finds that, contrary to popular perceptions of FE colleges as being for "other people's children", middle-class students as well as working-class students are well represented. However, this does not imply that FE colleges are institutions of choice; middle-class representation is often related to lower achievement and, for low-achieving working-class students, leaving education entirely is more likely than entry to FE. These findings are explored using notions of habitus and field. Their relationship with studies of the education of middle-class children is also discussed, and the paper suggests that research on class in FE colleges must come to terms with middle-class presence. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)