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ERIC Number: EJ905302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Gatekeepers or Facilitators: The Influence of Teacher Habitus on Students' Applications to Elite Universities
Oliver, Caroline; Kettley, Nigel
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v31 n6 p737-753 Nov 2010
Low application rates of state school students to elite universities have been identified as a factor in their limited participation in elite universities. This article explores the role of teachers in state schools and colleges in guiding higher education (HE) choice. Drawing on qualitative research with teachers and students in six institutions, we identify differential practices that corroborate explanations of an "institutional habitus" shaping students' likely pathways to HE. However, we suggest that attention is paid to teacher habitus, demonstrating how teachers' political and ethical dispositions as well as their social capital are potential factors shaping students' decision-making about HE, and elite university applications in particular. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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