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ERIC Number: EJ988971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
"Oh, of Course I'm Going to Go to College": Understanding How Habitus Shapes the College Choice Process of Black Immigrant Students
Griffin, Kimberly; del Pilar, Wilfredo; McIntosh, Kadian; Griffin, Autumn
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v5 n2 p96-111 Jun 2012
Black students from immigrant backgrounds are a growing population in higher education. However, there is little research exploring their experiences as they make decisions about whether and where they will attend college. This qualitative study of 23 Black immigrants attending a public, selective research university explores how individual "habitus", or worldview, shapes the predisposition, search, and institutional choice phases of college choice. Findings suggest participants' habitus is strongly influenced by culture, prestige, and the value parents place on education. These forces pervade the college choice process, establishing students' decisions to attend college early in their lives, as well as the emphasis placed on balancing prestige with financial accessibility in the search and institutional choice processes. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cameroon; Chad; Eritrea; Haiti; Jamaica; Liberia; Nigeria; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sierra Leone; Zambia