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Social Capital and Educational Achievement

February 24-26, 2006
Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California



Conference Theme

This year’s conference theme focuses on the concept of social capital and its use in explaining and improving educational achievement. The concept of social capital, first developed by Bourdieu and Coleman in the 1980s, represents the actual or potential resources embedded in social networks that may be converted into other manifestations of capital, including material capital, human capital, and civic participation. The Sociology of Education Association (SEA) is interested in theoretical and empirical research papers that examine social capital in families, schools, and communities and the role it plays in contributing to educational outcomes. We also welcome papers that examine the limitations of the concept. Papers are also welcome on other topics in the sociology of education, but priority will be given to papers related to this year’s theme.

The conference will aim for a balanced presentation of theoretical and empirical research on this broad topic while providing both formal and informal venues for discussion and exchange of views. The conference will take place at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, where it never snows!

Instructions for paper submission

Those desiring to present should submit a detailed 2-3 page précis that includes a brief discussion of the topic, research literature, methods, and significance of the paper. The submission deadline is October 15, 2005. Papers will be reviewed by the SEA Board of Directors and authors will be notified by November 15, 2006.

All submissions must be sent via email to:

Russell W. Rumberger
Email: [email protected]

U.C. Linguistic Minority Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3220


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