Time and Money Explain Social Class Differences in Students' Social Integration at University

Mark Rubin, Chrysalis Wright
2015 Figshare  
Working-class students tend to be less socially integrated at university than middle-class students (Rubin, 2012a). The present research investigated two potential reasons for this working-class social exclusion effect. First, working-class students may have fewer finances available to participate in social activities. Second, working-class students tend to be older than middle-class students and, consequently, they are likely to have more work and/or childcare commitments. These additional
more » ... hese additional commitments may prevent them from attending campus which, in turn, reduces their opportunity for social integration. These predictions were confirmed among undergraduate students at an Australian university (N = 433) and a USA university (N = 416). Strategies for increasing working-class students' social integration at university are discussed.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1461866.v1 fatcat:tmfwpm3kfzddncmkq5t6ixjvci