College Pathway By Armstrong And Hamilton Essay

952 Words Oct 30th, 2016 4 Pages
In Paying for the Party, Armstrong and Hamilton developed a theoretical framework, namely “college pathway,” to depict and interpret the differences of the college women’s campus experiences. Pathways are ways that constitute as instituted tracks that lead the individuals to go in certain directions. In the study, the authors use this term to describe, on the one hand, the administration relies on students to help resolve its own operational problems (gaining academic prestige (inter)nationally, responding to social expectations of upward mobility, or cuts to financial aids for school,) through the continuous distribution of resources(including energy, time and money sent to a certain advertisements of academic programs, internship opportunities, or popular majors selections). On the other hand, students, driven by their expectations of college which heavily reflect their class background, proactively choose the accessible and comfortable resources to form their living experiences. For instance, students from working-class background tend to select pragmatic majors and rely on the skills learned in class to get opportunities for upward mobility, for their lacks of family economic, social, and cultural capitals.) The pathways, reflecting the distribution patterns of resources, are simultaneously built into the institutors’ and the students’ ways of thinking and dealing with everyday events, and these work together to shape the students’ college experience (and influence…

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