Digging deeper using 'habitus' – a fresh approach to understanding student behaviour

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Devine, Jo. 2012. "Digging deeper using 'habitus' – a fresh approach to understanding student behaviour." Mann, Llewellyn and Daniel, Scott (ed.) 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2012). Melbourne, Australia 03 - 05 Dec 2012 Melbourne, Australia.
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Digging deeper using 'habitus' – a fresh approach to understanding student behaviour

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AuthorDevine, Jo
EditorsMann, Llewellyn and Daniel, Scott
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2012)
Number of Pages9
Year2012
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780987177230
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2012
Conference/Event23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2012)
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23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2012)
Parent
Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
Event Date
03 to end of 05 Dec 2012
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

Government policies in Australia aim to increase participation in higher education (Australian Government, 2008), so it is becoming more important to understand the factors affecting the progression and retention of an increasingly diverse student cohort. A great deal of work has already been done in the area of progression and retention in Australia and internationally, much of this has been based around identifying factors that indicate a student's probability of success. These factors include demographic, psychosocial and academic indicators.
French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu developed his theory of habitus in the late 20th century as a means of exploring the role of social class on individual aspirations and behaviour. Bourdieu's concept of habitus and its relationship to his concepts of Field, cultural Capital and Dispositions form a theoretical framework and the basis of a methodology which enable the rigorous investigation of human actions and interactions (Reay, 2004). As yet, Bourdieu's concepts have not been widely used as a framework within engineering education research; his theories are complex, fluid and relatively inaccessible to the novice sociologist (DiMaggio, 1979).

Keywordsdiversity; progression; retention; student success; Bourdieu
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390409. Learning sciences
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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