Each society is unique in how education is organized. At which age students are sorted into different school careers, the importance of student performance for school accountability, the vocational education and training system, the autonomy of schools, the use of standardized tests; on each of these dimensions educational systems differ between societies. Moreover, the variation is not only found between countries, but also within countries over time.
In the Educational Systems and Inequality Research Program, administered at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS), we study the importance of the institutional setup of educational systems for patterns of inequality. How do educational systems affect patterns of inequality by socioeconomic background, ethnicity and gender? And how do processes on the level of families, peers, and teachers contribute to this inequality? Finally, we are interested in what the political, economic and social contexts are in which educational reforms are implemented. Within the research program there are several sub-projects.
- Between institutions and social mechanisms: education and inequality in comparative perspective – Vici project Herman van de Werfhorst
- The role of standardized tracking procedures in inequality of opportunity in the transition from primary to secondary education – PhD project Ayça Alayli
- Tracking Age and Gender Inequality in Education – PhD project Lotte Scheeren
- Mechanisms of Educational Inequality in Different Educational Systems – PhD project Andrea Forster
- Family-level mechanisms of educational inequality – Andrea Forster
- Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society (ISOTIS) – Jesper Rözer
- Perceptions of Legitimacy of Educational Systems – Anatolia Batruch