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April 29, 2018 / C H Thompson

Cultural explanations – cultural deprivation

  • Douglas (same chap as material explanations) also found cultural factors played an important part in a child’s attainment at school
  • he researched the effects of parents’ attitudes and interest in their child’s education
  • and noticed a difference between working and middle-class parents attitudes and interest
  • Douglas’ concept of cultural deprivation describes how middle-class parents, when compared to working-class parents tended to:
  • take greater the parental interest in a child’s education the greater the educational success
  • encourage their children to stay at school beyond the compulsory period
  • were better educated themselves and so better understood education system
  • more confident in dealing with schools/teachers
  • better able to help their child with school work

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