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EDUC254 Family Resources, Culture, and Education

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.

Education has the power to both challenge and reproduce social inequalities; it privileges some groups, while excluding others. This paper will introduce you to a range of important critical thinkers in education who have examined how educational institutions advantage and disadvantage children and their families based on social class and culture. The paper will also provide you with provocative tools for reflecting on the social processes that have influenced your own educational experiences and achievements. This paper will appeal to students from a range of disciplines who have an interest in sociology, social justice, diversity and education.

Paper title Family Resources, Culture, and Education
Paper code EDUC254
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
With approval, students who have passed EDUC105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Kim Brown

Teaching Arrangements

EDUC 254 comprises a 50-minute lecture and a 1hr 50min workshop each week.


Required readings are available through eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current research and literature on educational sociology, achievement, and post-school transitions
  • Explain the importance of social context and family resources for education
  • Apply research on the sociology of education to contemporary educational contexts in Aotearoa


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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22