Education Journal


2014.第42卷第1期(Vol. 42 No. 1).pp. 121–140


Access to Higher Education: Students’ Choice

張玉婷(Yuting ZHANG)





The higher education system in the Chinese mainland has witnessed dramatic expansion since the 1990s. With the expansion, the system has become more and more hierarchical. Based on the logic of practice, this study investigates the agents’ practice and the structural impact through interviewing 23 first-year college students. The study finds that students’ desire and belief as well as the information collected during the process of college choice are limited by such structural factors as geographical location, positional hierarchy in the public school system, and family background. The logic of practice can be applied for the interpretation of college choice.

Keywords: higher education; equality of access; college choice; logic of practice