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ERIC Number: EJ1080899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
University Access for Disadvantaged Children: A Comparison across Countries
Jerrim, John; Vignoles, Anna
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v70 n6 p903-921 Dec 2015
In this paper, we consider whether certain countries are particularly adept (or particularly poor) at getting children from disadvantaged homes to study for a bachelor's degree. A series of university access models are estimated for four English-speaking countries (England, Canada, Australia and the USA), which include controls for comparable measures of academic achievement at age 15. Our results suggest that socioeconomic differences in university access are more pronounced in England and Canada than Australia and the USA and that cross-national variation in the socioeconomic gap remains even once we take account of differences in academic achievement. We discuss the implications of our findings for the creation of more socially mobile societies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom (England); United States