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Social segregation in secondary schools: how does England compare with other countries?

Jenkins, SP and Micklewright, J and Schnepf, SV (2008) 'Social segregation in secondary schools: how does England compare with other countries?' Oxford Review of Education, 34 (1). pp. 21-37. ISSN 0305-4985

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Abstract

New evidence is provided about the degree of social segregation in England?s secondary schools, employing a cross-national perspective. Analysis is based on data for 27 industrialised countries from the 2000 and 2003 rounds of the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA). We allow for sampling variation in the estimates. England is shown to be a middle-ranking country, as is the USA. High segregation countries include Austria, Belgium, Germany and Hungary. Low segregation countries include the four Nordic countries and Scotland. In explaining England?s position, we argue that its segregation is mostly accounted for by unevenness in social background in the state school sector. Cross-country differences in segregation are associated with the prevalence of selective choice of pupils by schools.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 15:32
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:06
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8025

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