Evidence submission to the Scottish Government Commission on Widening Access – 2015/16

The 2015 Scottish Government Programme for Government sets out the vision of a fairer, more equal Scotland. Central to that vision is the ambition that a child born today in one of our most deprived communities should, by the time he or she leaves school, have the same chance of accessing higher education as a child born in one of

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Education, civic values and civic participation

This project explores the relationship between education and civic values and behaviour among adults and teenagers in Britain, Ireland and other European countries. Education, social attitudes and social participation among adults in Britain A stable finding of research on civic participation is the correlation between overall educational attainment and various attributes that are relevant to democracy, such as propensity to

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Social inequalities in higher education: why and how national institutional factors matter

November 2015 The question of how to widen access to higher education has been given unprecedented public prominence in Scotland following the launch of the Scottish Government Commission on Widening Access in 2015, chaired by Dame Ruth Silver. We were very pleased that Dame Ruth opened this AQMeN event, which brought international comparative research on the role of institutional factors

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Journal article: The role of the school curriculum in social mobility

This paper focuses on the role of curricular content on social mobility, an issue largely neglected by social mobility studies. Using data from the National Child Development Study, the paper investigates the extent to which secondary school curricula account for social class differences in the chances of entering into the service class and avoiding a low-skilled occupation. The results show

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ESRI Research Bulletin – Higher education selection: implications for social inequality

This bulletin summarises the findings from: Cristina Iannelli, Emer Smyth and Markus Klein (2015), Curriculum differentiation and social inequality in higher education entry in Scotland and Ireland, in the British Educational Research Journal. The briefing is available on-line.  Authors: Cristina Iannelli, Emer Smyth, Markus Klein Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Education and Social Stratification publications and outputs

Here you will find a list of journal articles, briefing papers, working papers, blog posts and other outputs from the Education and Social Stratification research strand by year of publication. You can also find media coverage related this research here. 2017 AQMeN Research briefing: Employment inequalities in Europe during the 2008 financial crisis Author: Dafni Dima Date: November 2017 Journal

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AQMeN research briefing 6: Degrees of difference: Social inequalities in graduates’ job opportunities in the UK and Germany – Markus Klein and Cristina Iannelli

Cristina Iannelli and Markus Klein summarise their recent research on the possible factors behind the persistence of unequal labour market outcomes among higher education graduates. In their research, they compared the UK and Germany to examine the role that national institutional systems have in shaping the transition from higher education to the labour market. Key points Graduates from advantaged family

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Social origins, academic strength of school curriculum and access to selective higher education institutions: Evidence from Scotland and the USA

AQMeN researchers Adriana Duta, Brian An and Cristina Iannelli have published a paper in The International Journal of Higher Education. Abstract: This paper analyses the role that different components of the academic strength of the secondary-school curriculum (i.e. number, subjects and grades of advanced academic courses) play in explaining social origin differences in access to prestigious universities (but also to

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Education, social attitudes and social participation among adults in Britain

A stable finding of research on civic participation is the correlation between overall educational attainment and various attributes that are relevant to democracy, such as propensity to be active, to vote, and to hold views on important public issues. But research since the 1990s has suggested that we should be cautious about this inference. The most important question is that

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Subject choice and inequalities in access to Higher Education: Comparing Scotland and Ireland

AQMeN research briefing 7. Cristina Iannelli and Markus Klein summarise their recent study which compares the Scottish and Irish education systems. This research analyses the association between school curricula, examination results and university entrance requirements and social inequalities in Higher Education. Key points: • There are significant social inequalities in access to Higher Education in Scotland and Ireland. However, the

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