ERIC Number: EJ1084672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Educational Tracking and Sense of Futility: A Matter of Stigma Consciousness?
Spruyt, Bram; Van Droogenbroeck, Filip; Kavadias, Dimokritos
Oxford Review of Education, v41 n6 p747-765 2015
During the past decade, both qualitative and quantitative research have documented strong feelings of fatalism amongst pupils enrolled in technical and vocational tracks in secondary education. Whereas those feelings have been shown to predict decreased school involvement and school misconduct, relatively little is known about their exact origins. In this paper, we explore to what extent they should be considered a stigma consciousness caused by the demeaning impact of perceived contempt to which pupils from technical and vocational tracks are exposed. Data from the "International Civic and Citizenship Education Study" from Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, N: 1967) were used to explore the distribution and consequences of perceived contempt with regard to one's choice of study. About 20% of the pupils enrolled in technical and vocational education reported that some people looked down on them due to their studies. Moreover, even after taking into account different ability measures and social background characteristics, a strong direct relationship remained between perceived contempt and feelings of futility. In the conclusion, we elaborate on the implications of our findings.
Descriptors: Track System (Education), Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Psychological Patterns, Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Grade 10, Student Surveys, Intelligence Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium