DISCUSS THE RELEVANCE OF BOURDIEU

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NAME…………………………………JOSEPH MASEKO
REG NUMBER………………………..M142172
PROGRAME………………BSC HONS IN PEACE, CONFLICT AND GOVERNANCE
LEVEL/PART…………………………1.2
YEAR…………………………………2015
COURSE CODE………………………SOC109
LECTURER……………………………MR M CHUMA
CELL NUMBER………………………0772395822/0716801047
ASSIGNMENT TOPIC/QUESTION……………… DISCUSS THE RELEVANCE OF BOURDIEU’S CULTURAL CAPITAL CONCEPT IN EXPLAINING EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ZIMBABWE.
EMAIL ADDRESS……………………jasbro66@gmail.com
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DISCUSS THE RELEVANCE OF BOURDIEU’S CULTURAL CAPITAL CONCEPT IN EXPLAINING EDUCATIONAL
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Bourdieu further argues that middle class children tend to achieve better qualifications and better quality jobs than working class children of equal measured intelligence and also come to school better equipped to succeed. In Zimbabwe a child from the working class goes to an overcrowded school where the student is forced to do “hot sitting” because the school infrastructure cannot accommodate them all at once in the morning. The small child gets to school tired and cannot even concentrate in class because of fatigue. Another challenge is also student teacher ratio where the teacher’s attention is focused more on the brighter students than on slow learners. On the other hand because their parents mix with colleagues of equal status like garden boys and factory workers, it also follows that they can also link up jobs for their children with people of equal status. This becomes a limiting factor for working class children’s chances in life. Mostly they are forced to take up menial jobs and less paying jobs despite good academic qualifications. For example in Zimbabwe if kids from poor backgrounds want to do courses like chartered accountancy, they are required to go through formal university education first and of course be extremely

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