ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Poor in Elite Colleges

Outsiders on the Inside

Ensuring equality of educational opportunities and social justice requires greater attention to conditions and quality concerns within colleges. The present study conducted in Delhi aims to explore the ways in which educational and social concerns are interrelated as influences from one’s family, parental education, and access to resources are likely to influence students’ experiences when they enter higher education institutions.

The educational experience of Indian students opting for higher education is a multifaceted phenomenon that encompasses far more than academic achievement. Other important aspects of the educational experience include daily participation in college as well as students’ navigation within university life.

Access to higher education has the ability to influence students’ choices related to career, lifestyles and opportunities wherein they attain educational aspirations, social and cultural capital. At the same time, it is essential to acknowledge that participation and integration within higher educational institutions for poor students is embedded in a complex process of negotiations that the student goes through due to a lack of fit between their cultures at home and the cultures in elite colleges (Reay et al 2009; Choi 2014).

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Updated On : 10th Jul, 2020

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