Students’ views about and experiences at school: investigating the role of cultural capital and hidden curriculum

Aktaş, Halil Han
The purpose of this study was to investigate ninth grade students’ perceptions and experiences at school. In accordance with this purpose; a science high school in Ankara, Turkey was selected and a qualitative case study was conducted in which data were collected by two data collection tools which were semi-structured interviews and classroom observations. During the period of data collection that lasted 20 weeks, one initial and one final interview were held with each of 17 participants who were selected through purposeful sampling. Also, during that period school was visited and the selected classroom was observed in a whole school day in every other week (10 observations in total); besides, field notes were taken. After the data were collected, organized and read intensively, content analysis was conducted; the data were coded and some themes emerged. The findings of the study revealed that participants showed differences in their cultural capital. Accordingly, their perceptions and experiences changed. The findings indicated that participants had different experiences in terms of hidden curriculum that they experienced. It was found out that how participants benefited from the social and material opportunities at the school changed in accordance with the hidden curriculum they experienced. It was also concluded that boarder students and extern students’ perceptions of and experiences at school were different. The findings also showed that students studying at science high school perceived their school as an institution providing quality education for exams which did not match with the propounded purposes of this type of schools.  
Citation Formats
H. H. Aktaş, “Students’ views about and experiences at school: investigating the role of cultural capital and hidden curriculum,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.