ERIC Number: ED460659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Class and University Education: Inter-Generational Patterns in Canada. NALL Working Paper.
Livingstone, D. W.; Stowe, Susan
Young people from lower class origins continue to face major barriers to university education in Canada. This paper documents both substantial inter-generational class mobility and continuing inequalities in formal educational attainments by class origins. While Canada now has the world's higher educational attainments in its youth cohort and has experienced rapid growth in adult education participation as well, those from professional/managerial families remain more than three times as likely to attain a degree as those from working class origins. There is also mounting evidence that escalating financial costs are again increasing the relative class inequalities in university education. These large and increasing class inequalities are compared with the much more equitable and extensive participation in informal learning found in a recent national survey, as well as the underemployment of working class people in the Canadian job structure. In light of these educational and economic inequalities, needs-based student subsidies and democratic workplace reforms are seen as major means to address persistent discrimination against the learning capacities and aspirations for university education of those from lower class origins. (Contains 4 tables and 37 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Students, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Social Class, Socioeconomic Status
For full text: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew.nall.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Canada