A change of habitus: Working-class students and educational success

Bland, Derek C. (2004) A change of habitus: Working-class students and educational success. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference; Centre for Social Change Research.

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For students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the cultures of secondary schools can be alienating and the schooling experience can be traumatic in various ways. For such students to complete senior secondary school and enter university can be considered quite a remarkable success. As the coordinator of a university access program targeting low socio-economic students, I wanted to find out from those who had made a successful transition to university how they dealt with their high school environments. This paper summarises some of the research done with a group of students participating in the access program and takes some of their comments to exemplify their common experiences. Through their anecdotes and insights, a pattern or trajectory emerged which has relevance for discussions of the deterministic nature of habitus. This paper is intended to illustrate the possibility that individual habitus can change through conscious effort but that change may come at a high price.

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ID Code: 648
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Winner for Best Paper by an Emerging Researcher 2004
ISBN: 1741070813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Derek C. Bland
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:06

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