ERIC Number: EJ1157515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Segmentation of Elite Education Institutions and of Their Students: The New Preparatory Courses for The French "Grandes Écoles"
Daverne-Bailly, Carole; Dutercq, Yves
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v26 n3 p248-266 2016
The present paper focuses on the preparatory courses for the French "grandes écoles" ("CPGEs"), which are selective higher education programmes that enable "good" students to bypass mass higher education and study under "favourable" conditions. These "CPGEs," originally intended to educate the children of the social and cultural elite, are now accepting young people from more diverse social backgrounds. Our investigation of this "new" student population is based on a survey (1000 students and 350 teachers) and on interviews conducted with students (82) and teaching staff (24). Our research leads us to conclude that under the pretext of democratisation and adaptation to the labour market, "CPGEs" recruiting these new students are, paradoxically, helping to maintain social stratification.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Preparation, Selective Admission, Colleges, Student Diversity, Social Stratification, Student Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Equal Education, Teaching Methods, Student Recruitment, Student Characteristics, Job Skills, Educational Strategies, Family Influence, Barriers, Cultural Capital
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: France
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