ERIC Number: EJ1022949
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Publication Date: 2013
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Reflections on Education and Social Mobility
Halsey, A. H.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v34 n5-6 p644-659 2013
This article is a brief personal reflection on the state of research into the relation between education and social mobility. Quantitative methods are both essential and advancing in this field. Sociologists seek scientific solutions but achieve ethical neutrality only with difficulty because all are tempted to bias from social and political background. I commend the political arithmetic tradition but summarise possible sources of distortion in my own biography. Finally I go beyond the boundaries of scientific social science to advocate social policies which might result in a fairer and more equal society.
Descriptors: Correlation, Social Mobility, Statistical Analysis, Ethics, Public Policy, Biographies, Educational Research, Educational Attainment, Political Influences, Nature Nurture Controversy, Foreign Countries, Poverty, Educational Opportunities, Financial Support, Social Change, Social Class, Family Characteristics
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom