publication . Other literature type . Article . 2013

Using Rational Action Theory and Bourdieu’s Habitus Theory Together to Account for Educational Decision-making in England and Germany

Glaesser, J.; Cooper, B.;
  • Published: 18 Jul 2013
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Both Rational Action Theory (RAT) and Bourdieu’s habitus theory are employed to explain educational decision-making. RAT assumes that decision-making involves cost-benefit analysis, while habitus theory sees educational pathways as shaped by dispositions reflecting familial class of origin. These theories are often seen as conflicting, but we argue that they can fruitfully be used together. Proponents of these theories often employ different methods. RAT advocates usually employ survey data, while those favouring habitus theory often use case studies. If cost-benefit reasoning does partly explain educational decision-making, then we should expect to find evidenc...
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free text keywords: Educational career, England, Germany, Rational Action Theory, Secondary school, Sociology of education., Sociology and Political Science, Rational choice theory, Epistemology, Sociology, Anthropology, Survey data collection, Habitus, Sociology of Education, Social science
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2013

Using Rational Action Theory and Bourdieu’s Habitus Theory Together to Account for Educational Decision-making in England and Germany

Glaesser, J.; Cooper, B.;