Do human and cultural capital lenses contribute to our understanding of academic success in Russia
Using newly available data from the Trajectories in Education and
Careers Study, the first longitudinal study on a representative sample
of high school students in Russia, we examined the importance of
investments in human and cultural capital on students’ mathematics
and reading standardized examinations, as well as on the likelihood of
matriculation into a selective institution of higher education. Studying
mathematics and the Russian language on one’s own for more than a
year was positively and significantly associated with standardized scores
and with an increased likelihood of matriculating into a selective university.
A higher number of books at home was also associated with an
increased likelihood of matriculating into a selective university. The
findings are discussed within the particular institutional context of the
Russian educational system.