Educational Choices and Cultural Taste: A Comparative Study in Three Multi-Racial Classrooms
Taiwan’s advancement of economic development, improvement of living standards and increases of national income and government budget together have brought about a vigorous development in education activities. And now, immigrants are the new issue in Taiwan's education system. This study was designed to survey three different classes in different areas, and the data were gathered by observing the students learning and interaction in the different classrooms. The study focused on social stratification which influences the cultural taste in educational choices that the students and the teachers make in the classrooms. Also, the analysis of this study all regarding cultural experiences, and those even contains the styles of speech and dress.
The results of the study shows that the students with higher cognitive apprehension of superior cultural, whose grade, behavior and conversation in the classrooms are correspond with their social strata (middle-class). The variant, economic capital, do have great influences over cultural tastes on education. And that is one of the reasons to support the different education choices to the students. However, the working-class has its way to translate their cultural taste in education and those translations can effectively influence other students with their educational choices. And those different cultural apprehensions can be observed in transmission of ideas and patterns of behaviors with different groups of students in the classrooms.
The result of this study is shown that the educational choices (include teachers and students) between groups have great differences in stratification that came from differences in cultural capital and social capital, nevertheless; frequently interactions and validly translations in cultures between different groups can make the educational choice diversity invisibly. Even, the students themselves can integrate different cultures and create a new pop culture that shapes the familiar education choices in the classrooms.
Keywords: Education Choice, Cultural Taste
Dr. Kai-Yuan Ho
Department of Applied English, WuFeng Institute of Technology
Doctoral Student, Graduate Institute of Elementary and Secondary Education, National Chiayi University
Prof. Ruyu Hung
Associate Professor, Department of Education, National Chiayi University