Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parents' Social and Cultural Capital: One Parent Group's Influence on Student Engagement in an Upper Middle Class High School
by Vongprateep, Kwanjai Pearl, Ed.D., University of Redlands, 2014, 137; 3637653
Abstract (Summary)

Parent involvement has been shown to have positive effects on student achievement and engagement, yet the lack of necessary social and/or cultural capital prevents some parents from being involved. Applying a conceptual framework based on Bourdieu's concepts of social and cultural capital, this study examines the social and cultural capital that one parent advisory group possessed and the influence their involvement had on student engagement at an upper middle class high school. This qualitative study used a semi-structured interview protocol and narrative inquiry approach. Using NVivo software, 15 participants' interviews were coded and analyzed for emergent themes in the areas of social and cultural capital. Twelve themes emerged. Social capital themes included: Group memberships that provided a sense of empowerment and responsibility, social networks that highlighted the importance of the community and knowing the right people, and relationships that were purposeful, caring, supportive, and trusting. Cultural capital themes included: having privileged status, knowing how the system works, setting priorities for action and change, and having high expectations and values. Despite the fact that these parents had an extensive network of social and cultural capital, the findings from this study suggests caring relationships that instill a value in education, and that high expectations might be the most important form of capital parents need to be effectively involved. Implications and recommendations for practice and future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lalas, Jose W.
Commitee: Hunt, Christopher H., Morgan, Ronald D.
School: University of Redlands
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Educational psychology, Secondary education
Keywords: Cultural capital, Parent involvement, Social capital, Student engagement
Publication Number: 3637653
ISBN: 978-1-321-20587-9
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