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ERIC Number: EJ859509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8701
Dutch Policies on Socio-Economic and Ethnic Inequality in Education
Driessen, Geert; Dekkers, Hetty
International Social Science Journal, v59 n193-194 p449-464 Sep 2008
Since the 1960s The Netherlands has produced policy to combat educational inequalities stemming from the social milieu and ethnicity of pupils. This policy has evolved from local to central policy and back again to a decentralised level. The initial focus on disadvantaged native Dutch pupils in big cities has shifted to immigrant groups and--at the time of writing--to disadvantaged pupils in general. According to many, the various policies have produced disappointing results. The under-performance of children with under-educated parents from ethnic minorities are still quite large while the under-performance of children of native Dutch working-class parents is somewhat smaller but still substantial. This article gives an overview of the various policies that were implemented over time. It also devotes attention to the outcomes of the policies and the current state of affairs with regard to the achievements and attainment in education of disadvantaged children. In closing, it places the findings in an international perspective and discusses reasons for the policies' disappointing lack of success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands