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dc.contributor.authorPather, Subethra-
dc.contributor.authorChetty, Rajendra-
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes a first-year student’s experience at a South African university of technology by exploring how his habitus and social capital influenced his social and academic integration into higher education. This student was part of a group of eight participants whose first-year experience and academic performance were investigated through a series of in-depth one-on-one and focus group interviews. In order to obtain information that captures the student’s habitus and social capital and explore its influence on the way the student negotiates his interaction in the first year of study, we focused on the following themes: family life, transition to university and experiences on campus. The study provides an analysis of one student’s negotiation of the academic and social systems at university and the role that habitus and social capital play in the way he experiences university life and performs academically. The paper attempts to contribute to research in this area by using a conceptual framework that foregrounds a deep understanding of pre-entry academic and non-academic factors influencing the first-year experience and academic performance, specifically of disadvantaged students.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipDHET funded project, Education and Emancipation: A critical, interventionoriented investigation of obstacles and opportunities within the highereducation-and-training sector in South Africa, Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity (CCRRI) at University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)en_US
dc.publisherCSSALL Publishersen_US
dc.subjectFirst year students’ experiencesen_US
dc.subjectAcademic integrationen_US
dc.subjectAcademic performanceen_US
dc.subjectTransition to universityen_US
dc.subjectHabitus and social capitalen_US
dc.titleThe habitus and social capital of first-year students: A case studyen_US
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