Exploring the Influence of Socio-economic Factors on Educational Experience
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The current study aimed to explore the impact of socio-economic factors on educational experience. Existing literature has suggested that working-class students may face challenges in education. This includes financial challenges, such as affording items at school and affording the cost of university. Research has also found that working-class students may feel excluded in education. Due to the increase in widening access, the current study aimed to gain an understanding of the challenges that students may face once they enter higher education. To understand these challenges, seven participants who self-identified as being working-class took part in semi-structured interviews. Through using interpretive phenomenological analysis, five superordinate themes were identified: 1) Financial constraints 2) Family influence 3) Feelings of exclusion 4) Education as an escape 5) Work-during term time. Overall, the findings were consistent with the existing literature on the barriers that working-class students can face in education.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology