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What is the
Capital Forms Gap?

Simply put, it's the disparity in learner outputs that prepares certain students to be Human Capital and others to be Capital Owners.

Overview of the "Capital Forms Model" Conceptual Framework

The novel Capital Forms Model details the systemic structure of scholastic input, process, and output components.

Regarding input, special emphasis is placed on two inputs influenced by the external environment – narrative lens and scholastic era. Narrative lens considers student membership to elite, mainstream, or marginalized societal communities, while scholastic era deals with the temporal context of schooling.

The combination of these inputs determines both the nature of schooling processes, as well as scholastic output of human capital (HC) or capital owner (CO) form. 


Figure 1 here shows the intersection of the three narrative lenses against three temporal contexts (democratic equality, social efficiency, and social mobility). At the intersection of each narrative and temporal domain, is the category of scholastic output produced for a specific type of student within a specific context.

Figure 2 shows the relative novelty of the achievement gap within the context of the capital forms model. Here we can see that the achievement gap is a really a discussion of the disparities between two groups (mainstream and marginalized).


Figure 3 shows the much larger capital forms gap, which has had greater permanence across the time span of this temporal context, but less discussion. The capital forms gap subsumes the relatively newer achievement gap.

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