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ERIC Number: EJ865124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Age of Selection Counts: A Cross-Country Analysis of Educational Institutions
Horn, Daniel
Educational Research and Evaluation, v15 n4 p343-366 Aug 2009
This paper adopts the stratification-standardization framework proposed by Allmendinger (1989) to analyze the effects of educational institutions and the organization of education on the inequality of opportunity and effectiveness of national education systems. The analyses are conducted on OECD countries participating in the Programme for International Student Asssessment (PISA) 2003 study (OECD, 2004c). The results indicate that educational stratification increases inequality of educational opportunity, while in general, standardization enhances equality. Stratification does not improve overall student performance, and the association between standardization and effectiveness is not straightforward. The most policy-relevant finding is that the early age of selection links closely with high inequality of opportunity. (Contains 13 tables, 3 figures, and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment