Journal article

School tracking and social selection in northern Italy

John Polesel, Mary Leahy

EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

The links between tracked secondary schooling and social selection form part of a complex narrative regarding educational inequality in European schools. The relative contribution of family and school to unequal educational outcomes has dominated educational debates across the continent for more than 50 years. This article contributes to this debate by focusing on a sample of students in the final year of schooling in three schools in northern Italy. It asks whether there are social differences in enrolments and aspirations across the three different types of schools. It also considers whether aspirations can be linked to differences in levels of family support or to school-related factors. ..

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