What is Cultural Capital and How does it Impact on Education in Learning

Meaning of Cultural Capital

The French thinker, Pierre Bourdieu, introduced the concept of cultural capital in the 1970s which refers to the progress of the learners through social and cultural knowledge. It can be referred to as the collection of one’s cultural experiences. Learners should be encouraged to use this cultural capital for better development. It enables them to prepare for their future so that they can achieve success. An instance of cultural capital would be the accent of the dialect spoken by a person.

Impact of Cultural Capital on Education

The impact of cultural capital on education in learning are as follows:

  1. It motivates learners to achieve higher in tests due to which there is a decrease in the dropout rate.
  2. It encourages learners to have an active participation in school activities and community organizations.
  3. Cultural capital takes the interest of the learners into account which enables learners to pursue art.
  4. The norms and skills which learners acquire from a culture can help them to progress on their educational journey.
  5. The learners’ cultural experiences can help them to relate with the topic being taught and they may develop more interest in learning about the topic.
  6. Cultural capital allows learners to learn new things and gain new information without sacrificing their cultural beliefs and norms.
  7. Cultural capital enables learners to improve their performance and helps them fulfill their goals effectively.


It is necessary to weave cultural capital in the education system so that learners can relate with lessons and learn more effectively.

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