Impacts of Cultural Capital on Student College Choice in China

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Lexington Books, Aug 16, 2011 - Education - 224 pages
Educational researchers have long been concerned about the factors that influence the patterns of attendance in higher education and the extent to which higher education has been accessible to all students regardless of their socioeconomic status. Extensive research has indicated that a variety of class-related factors, such as cultural capital, social capital, and economic capital, exert remarkable impacts on the amount and type of education that one receives. Drawing on cultural capital theory, this study aims at analyzing how students' college choice process varies by social class in China. By exploring different cultural and financial factors that influence different stages of students' college choice process, this study hopes to contribute to identifying the most appropriate policies and practices for raising the representation of students from the lowest social class among college participants.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Literature Review and Empirical Research
7
Chapter 3 Models of Student College Choice
29
Chapter 4 Social Stratification and Higher Education Opportunities in China
37
Chapter 5 Research Design
59
Chapter 6 Introduction of Wuhu and the Two High Schools
71
Chapter 7 Fuzhong High School Students
83
Chapter 8 Nancheng High School Students
123
Chapter 9 CrossCase Analysis
143
Chapter 10 Findings Limitations and Implications
179
Appendix A List of Universities in Project 985
195
Appendix B Background Characteristics of the 14 Cases Excluded
197
Bibliography
201
Index
213
About the Author
215
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Lan Gao is a senior project analyst in the Office of Vice President for Policy at Harvard University.

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