Reference : The dynamics of achievement inequalities: the role of performance and choice in Chile
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
Educational Sciences
The dynamics of achievement inequalities: the role of performance and choice in Chile
Ceron, Francisco mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
Bol, Thijs mailto [Universiteit van Amsterdam - UvA > Sociology]
van de Werfhorst, Herman mailto []
International Journal of Educational Development
Elsevier BV
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
The Netherlands
[en] achievement inequality ; primary effects ; secondary effects ; school effects ; private education
[en] Research on education inequalities has long established the relationship between the social composition of schools and achievement levels. However, the empirical study of the social processes in choosing schools and their potential effects on achievement inequalities has often been neglected. This article investigates the extent to which such social processes, related to parents’ educational preferences and expectations, influence the development of students’ achievement throughout their schooling career, as a channel of transmission of social inequality. Using longitudinal census data from Chile, which allows us to observe students’ achievements between the 4th and 10th grades, we find support for the claim that the development of achievement inequalities operate partly through well-off parents’ educational preferences and expectations. Moreover, these preferences and beliefs explain most of the social composition effect of schools on achievement inequalities. We conclude that choice processes should be considered as an integral part of theories aimed to explain achievement inequalities as a dynamic process.
AISSR, University of Amsterdam
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