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2 February 2022 - 2 February 2022

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Online seminar using Zoom

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

Educational Disadvantage and Social and Cultural Capital Development at Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities 

Dr Laura Beckmann, Visiting Scholar at the School of Education

Over the past few decades, a considerable body of research has analysed the role that social and cultural capital play in the explanation of educational success and educational inequalities. While most previous studies emphasise the impact of individual or family endowments with these types of capital on educational outcomes, less is known about the role of schools in reducing educational disadvantage. Focusing on schools serving disadvantaged communities, the aim of this seminar is to shed more light on how schools in disadvantaged locations can constitute sites for the production of social and cultural capital, with the potential to close the educational attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged locations. Furthermore, linking cultural and social capital research to school effectiveness and school improvement research, some recent empirical findings on the importance of schools’ general capacity-building in the context of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in one German federal state will be presented. These findings will be embedded in the larger debate of schools as equalisers or source of inequality. 


This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom. Contact for details about how to take part.