The Equal Education System

9443 WordsJul 26, 201538 Pages
Table of Contents  Introduction 3  Research Log 5  Central Material 7-22 Chapter 1: Invisible Inequality 7 Chapter 2: Different Families, Different Lives 13 Chapter 3: Education Fever 19  Conclusion 23  Annotated Resource List 25 Introduction “Wealthy kids usually do better in school than poor kids” . Australians likes to think of themselves as an egalitarian society in which everyone has a ‘fair go’ . This idea has led to the creation of an equal education system but today, the reality is far from this egalitarian system. Only 17% of Australians from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are able to attend university , roughly half the likelihood of Australians from medium and high socioeconomic backgrounds. This degree of…show more content…
By exploring the social inclusion and exclusion created by the notion of money, this PIP utilises the cross-cultural comparison of high and low socioeconomic households to investigate the question, ‘How does Socioeconomic Status affect Academic Success?’ Additionally, this PIP also examines the continuity and change of society’s perception of academic success as a critical component of the social and cultural literacy process. Secondary sources such as academic journals and news articles provided macro perspectives which formed the basis of my primary research. My primary research consisted of a questionnaire revealing significant quantitative data regarding the correlation between socioeconomic status and academic success from different social and generational perspectives. A focus group provided a diverse range of personal perspectives and beliefs, focusing on the stereotypes of different social classes and its correlation with academic success. Additionally, the qualitative data also illustrates society’s changing perception on academic success. A content analysis on “Struggle Street” provided personal insight into the struggles and prejudice of individuals from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, allowing me to empathise with their perspectives. Conclusively, structured interviews conducted via email with Professor Geoff Williams, provided a more legitimised perspective that adds to the textual integrity and validity to the PIP. From investigating the
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