Contemporary Perspective on Capital in Educational Contexts

Edited by:
RoSusan D. Bartee Ph.D., University of Central Florida

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Capital in Educational Contexts. Editor(s): RoSusan D. Bartee, University of Central Florida.

Published 2010

The edited volume, Contemporary Perspectives on Capital in Educational Contexts, is timely in its unique and appropriate analyses of the prevailing internal and external dynamics of capital as indicative of the type of currency within institutional structures or the currency among individual stakeholders of education. The intersection of capital and currency emerges similarly and differently within the American compulsory-based system of K-12 and the choice-based system of higher education. More specifically, Contemporary Perspectives on Capital in Educational Contexts disentangles the broader challenges and opportunities of the institution of education and the individuals who comprise. Emerging insights from the analyses provide an informed basis for ascertaining the rules of engagement and means of negotiation for the respective constituencies. With that said, this volume essentially responds to three important questions: 1) What are the tenets of capital and currency in public schools and higher education?; 2 ) How do institutions and individuals navigate those tenets?; and 3) What general and specific implications do capital hold for the educational pipeline and beyond? These questions provide a useful framework for engaging critical conversations about the dynamics of capital while offering perspectives about how to improve the quality of currency in K-12 or colleges and universities. These questions further serve as a basis for eliciting more questions toward the consideration capital as both a conceptual construct and applicable model.

Contemporary Perspectives on Capital in Educational Contexts, too, is an expansion of the work of School matters: Why African American students need multiple forms of capital, where Bartee & Brown (2006) examines how the acquisition and possession of capital equips African American students in a highperforming, high-achieving magnet school in Chicago for competitiveness in school-generated and non-school generated activities. Success experienced by the students and the school become associated with the academic rigor and reputation while any shortcomings reflect an inadequate capacity of the school or the student to appropriately engage the other. School matters: Why African American students need multiple forms of capital (2006) further introduces an initial exploration of different forms of capital as producer (improve the status quo through inputs), consumer (participant based upon outputs), and regulator (maintain the status quo through the process) within the educational system. The multifaceted role of capital demonstrates its span of influence for institutional and individual capacities.

Foreword: Making it on the Broken Pieces of Capital and Context, M. Christopher Brown II. Insights into Different Forms of Capital, RoSusan D. Bartee and M. Christopher Brown II. PART I: EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT AND THE CONSUMER ASPECTS OF CAPITAL. Legal Information as a Source of Social Capital: The Need for Broad and Sustained Engagement in School Policy Affairs, Mario S. Torres. A Pedagogy of Self-Development: Making Room for Alternative Forms of Capital, Carlos A. McCray and Floyd R. Beachum. Segmentation, Capital, and Community College Transfer Students: Exploring Community Colleges as Agents of Currency, Eboni Zamani-Gallagher, Stanley Bazile, and Tamara N. Stevenson. PART I I: EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT AND THE PRODUCER ASPECTS OF CAPITAL. Capital Gains and Losses: The Roles of Political, Social, and Cultural Capital in School Reform and School Access, Sheneka N. Williams and Robert W. Gaines. Mathematics Matters: Polices and Practices that Impact Access to and Outcomes in the K–12 Pipeline, Lecretia A. Buckley. PART I I I: EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT AND THE REGULATOR ASPECTS OF CAPITAL. Exploring Capital Within College Choice: High Achieving, Low-Income African American Student Perceptions of Selective Colleges, Phillis A. George. Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice: An Intra-Educational Analysis of Capital and Its Diverse Forms for Educational Opportunity and Attainment, Susan S. McClelland. Capitalizing Through Learning: Forms of Capital that Affect Graduate School Admissions and Achievement, Saran Donahoo. About the Contributors. About the Editor.