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"I am working-class": subjective self-definition as a missing measure of social class and socioeconomic status in higher education research

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Rubin, M and Denson, M and Kilpatrick, S and Matthews, KE and Stehlik, T and Zyngier, D, "I am working-class": subjective self-definition as a missing measure of social class and socioeconomic status in higher education research, Educational Research, 43, (4) pp. 196-200. ISSN 0013-1881 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 AERA

DOI: doi:10.3102/0013189X14528373

Abstract

This review provides a critical appraisal of the measurement of students’ social class and socioeconomic status (SES) in the context of widening higher education participation. Most assessments of social class and SES in higher education have focused on objective measurements based on the income, occupation, and education of students’ parents, and they have tended to overlook diversity among students based on factors such as age, ethnicity, indigeneity, and rurality. However, recent research in psychology and sociology has stressed the more subjective and intersectional nature of social class. The authors argue that it is important to consider subjective self-definitions of social class and SES alongside more traditional objective measures. The implications of this dual measurement approach for higher education research are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:diversity, first-generation students, higher education, intersectionality, research methodology, selfdefinition; social class, socioeconomic status
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Higher Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Equity and Access to Education
Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
ID Code:90053
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Division of the DVC (Students and Education)
Deposited On:2014-03-25
Last Modified:2017-06-26
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