PHILOSOPHY / ACADEMIC PROFILE

「PILLAR 2」

Educational and Social Inequality Across the Entire Life Course


// RESEARCH

While Pillar 1 has a focus on educational processes in early childhood, kindergarten, elementary school and progression to secondary school, researchers in Pillar 2 deal with inequalities in educational achievements and choices across the entire life course. The major focus is on the extent and origins of such inequalities. Why do gender- and class-specific differences in competence development and educational decisions persist? How do they develop over the educational career? Which processes contribute to a decreasing or an increasing impact of social background over the life course? Why do we observe variation in these matters across educational systems? In addition, Pillar 2 takes up questions of ethnic inequalities in education. Why do immigrants and their children in many cases face difficulties in school? How do social and ethnic inequalities interact? In a third stream of research, Pillar 2 addresses the returns on education over the life.

Doctoral students within Pillar 2 employ a range of innovative approaches to disentangle processes of educational convergence and divergence. They move beyond the cross-sectional design of many traditional analyses by

  • taking an explicit and innovative life-course perspective, examining the accumulation of educational advantages and disadvantages throughout the educational career;
  • comparing educational choices and achievements across countries;
  • combining cross-sectional, cross-country and longitudinal perspectives.

In substantive terms, researchers in Pillar 2 are concerned with a variety of pressing questions, including the structural integration of immigrants and their descendants into educational systems.

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// RESEARCH PROJECTS

Externally funded research projects associated with Pillar 2 include, among others,

 

 

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