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Inequality in education

This research priority pursues the objective of describing and explaining patterns of social, ethnic and gender specific disparities in the process of educational attainment.

The analysis of social, ethnic and gender-specific disparities in the process of education is located at the interface between educational scientific and social scientific research, and it also takes the psychological perspective into account in explaining individual behaviour. Hence, underlying mechanisms and the interplay between institutional framework conditions and individual educational pathways are focused rather than the gross effects of social inequality.

A central element of this research priority concerns an analysis of decisions in education at different stages of transition - e.g. the transition from primary to secondary school, or the transition to higher education. Besides an investigation of processes and mechanisms underlying decisions, reciprocal effects between institutions, system regulations and individual transitions are focused. For example, important institutional conditions that affect individual decisions concern longer periods of comprehensive education, a differentiation of courses and schools offered at the secondary school level, and the legal conditions guiding the transition from primary to secondary education. Furthermore, the research theme deals with compositional and contextual influences on students’ competence acquisition, and the genesis of social patterns of inequality in an international comparison.



Department of Educational Governance
last modified Dec 09, 2014