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Scholarly Culture and Academic Performance in 42 Nations

Evans, M.D.R.; Kelley, Jonathan; Sikora, Joanna


Exposure to books and high culture provides important academic advantages. But the reasons for this are hotly disputed. Elite closure theory posits that culture merely signals children's elite status to gatekeepers who then grant them unjust advantages. But other theories suggest that scholarly culture provides cognitive skills that improve academic performance, which schools justly reward. We attempt to adjudicate between these theories using data on academic performance from 42 national...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Social Forces
DOI: 10.1093/sf/sou030


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