Impacts of Cultural Capital on Student College Choice in China

Impacts of Cultural Capital on Student College Choice in China

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This study draws upon cultural capital theory and exploits 25 individual cases of students in a middle-size city in China in order to understand the patterns of college planning process of students with different socio-economic status. This study will enrich cultural capital theory by applying it to the transitional period of China in which the transformation of classes is complex and distinctive and also contribute to the understandings of the impacts of class-based cultural capital on student college-going behavior in China.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739134418
  • 9780739134412

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Literature Review and Empirical Research Chapter 3. Models of Student College Choice Chapter 4. Social Stratification and Higher Education Opportunities in China Chapter 5. Research Design Chapter 6. Introduction of Wuhu and the Two High Schools Chapter 7. Fuzhong High School Students Chapter 8. Nancheng High School Students Chapter 9. Cross Case Analysis Chapter 10. Findings, Limitations, and Implications
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As China, like many other countries, seeks to improve the quality of education for its citizens and long-term economic sustainability, it is important to have research to inform critical decisions. This study highlights key factors related to college-going, and I am hopeful that it will inform the design of policies aimed to increase both access and opportunity. Although the study examines China specifically, some of the implications can be applied to other cultures and nations worldwide. -- Michelle Asha Cooper, President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy The book includes detailed yet concise literature reviews covering major theories and studies related to cultural capital and college choice, as well as changing social stratification, educational systems, and financial assistance policies in China... The strength of this study also lies in Gao's careful application of cultural capital theory in Chinese contexts... To conclude, this landmark study is a welcome addition to studies of cultural capital, educational inequality, and social stratification. Gao's work reminds us that it is critical to reassess the meaning and the role of cultural capital in relation to a nation's educational system and cultural contexts when examining this elusive concept. American Journal of Sociology
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About Lan Gao

Lan Gao is a senior project analyst in Institutional Research, the Office of the Provost at Harvard University.
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