Explores the relationship between social class and family background and educational achievement/performance. Concentrates on the family in a cultural context and the link between family resources and education, focusing on the importance of social context for theories of student learning and educational achievement.
This paper explores how a family's cultural, economic, and social resources influence
the educational achievement and engagement of children and young people. It highlights
the complex ways that education both challenges and reproduces social inequality,
whereby societal resources and opportunities are unequally distributed among different
groups in society.
Drawing on the theoretical tools of Pierre Bourdieu and other critical thinkers in education, students will consider a range of interrelated issues and ideas, including social class, economic inequality, culture, intersectionality, privilege, and colonialism. Students will also reflect upon social processes that have influenced their own identity formation and educational experiences.
This paper will appeal to students with an interest in sociology, social justice, and education.
|Paper title||Family Resources, Culture, and Education|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- With approval, students who have passed EDUC 105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.
- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator: Dr Ruth Gasson
Other staff : Dr Catherine Hartung
- Teaching Arrangements
- Thirteen 2-hour workshop/laboratory sessions and thirteen 1-hour lectures
- Required readings are available online.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- To be familiar with the educational sociology literature about education, achievement and post-school transitions
- To recognise the importance of social context and family resources for education
- To be familiar with New Zealand research on achievement in the sociology of education