ERIC Number: EJ1132683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Can Ethnic Diversity Have a Positive Effect on School Achievement?
Education Economics, v25 n3 p290-303 2017
This study investigates the impact of ethnic diversity on test scores, on top of the effect of the share of non-native pupils. We use a rich survey of Dutch primary school students and exploit variations between subsequent cohorts within the same school as our identification strategy. We find that ethnic diversity has a positive impact on the test scores of minority students, in particular for language skills. We also find some evidence of a negative relationship between ethnic diversity and school social integration. We suggest that ethnic diversity stimulates language proficiency and increases the time students spend studying.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Student Diversity, Academic Achievement, Cohort Analysis, Surveys, Correlation, Scores, Minority Group Students, Language Skills, Social Integration, Language Proficiency, Study Habits, Time on Task, Ethnicity, Outcomes of Education, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands