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Unrealized Potential
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Unrealized Potential

The Disparate Educational Pathways of Highly Qualified Working-Class

Studies on educational inequality tend to focus on average educational transitions between social groups, largely disregarding within-group differences. However, in Denmark, among the same group of formally equally highly qualified working-class students, only a little over half progress to university, while the other half do not. I investigate these within-group differences, examining the social characteristics of those who progress and those who do not. I find that parents’ non-manual labor working-class jobs such as fine crafts, office and sales-work – are associated with high university progression rates. I also find that university-going experiences in the extended family are positively
associated with progression. In addition, there is a large advantage in having a diploma from an upper-secondary institution with high average university progression rates. These results highlight the need for more research on how educational expectations among working-class students are shaped.
Forfattere Jens-Peter Thomsen, SFI
Udgivelsesdato 03.03.2017
Sprog Engelsk
Sidetal 29
Publikationsnr. 01:2017

Denne publikation hører under Børn, unge og familie
emneord: Social arv, Familiebaggrund

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