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ERIC Number: EJ882895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
The Capacity to Aspire to Higher Education: "It's like Making Them Do a Play without a Script"
Bok, Jessica
Critical Studies in Education, v51 n2 p163-178 Jun 2010
Aspiration is currently a prominent concept in higher education policy debates. However, reference to this concept is often made in terms of low socio-economic status (SES) students simply lacking aspiration, which schools and universities must work to instill. In contrast to this potentially deficit view, this paper draws on Appadurai's notion of the "capacity to aspire", which reframes aspiration as a cultural category rather than an individual motivational trait. It discusses the proposition that low SES students "do" have substantive aspirations, but may have less developed capacities to realise them. Bourdieu's theories of cultural capital, habitus and field provide a supplementary theoretical framework, which draws attention to the complex relationships between socio-cultural background and life-world experiences that inform students' and families' dispositions toward school and their capacities to aspire to higher education. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia