Education, Change, and Society

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Success, achievement and participation at school are not simply a matter of intelligence or ability. Discuss this statement with reference to the concepts of cultural capital, hidden curriculum, class and socioeconomic status.
Since the beginning of education there have been many forms, which have been passed on from one generation to the next. Over the years education has evolved and is now seen as the education system all over the world. Today the education system is seen to be much more complex, but it still involves notions that have been around since the beginning of success, achievement and participation. Not only do these three aspects continue to contribute to the success of educating young people who are involved in the ever changing society that we live in. Intelligence and ability does have an impact on the success of individual students and there are also other impacts that can affect the outcome on individual schools and the education system. This essay will provide a brief overview of cultural capital, hidden curriculum, class and socio economic status and discuss the affect the success, achievement and participation has on a student’s education.
Holmes, Hughes and Julia (2007) defined cultural capital as an understanding and knowledge about culture, power and communication within a society a child lives in. All students will bring a backpack to school which will contain items such as a lunchbox, books, homework and personal belongings. Often education and university experts talk about a different type of backpack that students might bring to school. This backpack is often referred as a “virtual backpack” (Thomson 2002). Throughout Thomson’s (2007) book...

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