Democratizing higher education through community college: Some qualitative evidences from an East Asian entrepreneurial city

Hei Hang Hayes TANG, Beatrice Y. Y. DANG

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Abstract

Despite the prevailing “educational desire” in Confucian societies, Hong Kong, an East Asian entrepreneurial city, saw its access to higher education having been curiously restricted. Community colleges were therefore initiated by the government in 2000s to democratize the higher education sector. Purposively sampling and interviewing college graduates from different cohorts, social class and gender, this research examines the complexities of college processes and multi-dimensional notions of student success and access to higher learning in view of greater social justice. Using Bourdieu’s and Sen’s conceptual frameworks, it adds to the literature novel analytical perspective and advances the thesis about social inequalities and higher education. This paper illustrates how community college can elucidate social class disadvantages in highly competitive education systems. Copyright © 2019 AERA.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Citation

Tang, H.-H. H., & Dang, B. Y. Y. (2019, April). Democratizing higher education through community college: Some qualitative evidences from an East Asian entrepreneurial city. Paper presented at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting: Leveraging Education Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.

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