High Education And Higher Education

2095 Words Dec 4th, 2016 9 Pages
Education, specifically higher education, allows individuals in society to progress and move forward in societal stratifications. To specify, higher education is considered one of the main facets of exhibiting a high socioeconomic status. Therefore, to achieve a certain level in higher education is to progress in society as one of the elites. Although many perceive college and higher education solely through the lens of societal progression, these same people do not take in consideration the facets that are set in order to do such an act. With this in mind, the elements present in higher education, specifically at Lehigh University, are ones that heavily affect the student’s progress and success.
In education, there remains the dynamic dichotomy between “structure” and “agency”. To have “structure” in a social institution is to establish the practices that limits one’s freewill on decisions, whereas to have “agency” is to provide one the ability to make decisions without the hindrance of outside factors. This dichotomy is prevalent throughout higher education, as the decisions made by the student is hindered by the structure of the institution while elevated by the freedom and agency found in this setting. The interactions between “structure” and “agency” in higher education is best expressed through the analysis of classroom culture. Classroom culture, although vague in concept, ultimately is the behaviors, attitudes, and practices of students inside and outside of the…
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