Digging deeper using 'habitus' – a fresh approach to understanding student behaviour

Devine, Jo (2012) Digging deeper using 'habitus' – a fresh approach to understanding student behaviour. In: AaeE 2012: The Profession of Engineering Education: Advancing Teaching, Research and Careers, 3-5 Dec 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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Government policies in Australia aim to increase participation in higher education (Australian Government, 2008), so it is becoming more important to understand the factors affecting the progression and retention of an increasingly diverse student cohort. A great deal of work has already been done in the area of progression and retention in Australia and internationally, much of this has been based around identifying factors that indicate a student's probability of success. These factors include demographic, psychosocial and academic indicators.
French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu developed his theory of habitus in the late 20th century as a means of exploring the role of social class on individual aspirations and behaviour. Bourdieu's concept of habitus and its relationship to his concepts of Field, cultural Capital and Dispositions form a theoretical framework and the basis of a methodology which enable the rigorous investigation of human actions and interactions (Reay, 2004). As yet, Bourdieu's concepts have not been widely used as a framework within engineering education research; his theories are complex, fluid and relatively inaccessible to the novice sociologist (DiMaggio, 1979).

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 05:31
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity; progression; retention; student success; Bourdieu
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23380

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