ERIC Number: EJ921720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Egalitarianism and Educational Excellence: Compatible Goals for Affluent Societies?
Condron, Dennis J.
Educational Researcher, v40 n2 p47-55 Mar 2011
Explanations for U.S. students' performance on international comparisons of educational achievement abound, with much of the scholarly and public discussion centering on cross-national differences in education systems. The author argues that the connection between economic inequality and educational achievement in affluent societies deserves far more attention than it receives. Analyses of data from the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment and other sources indicate that egalitarian countries have higher average achievement, higher percentages of very highly skilled students, and lower percentages of very low-skilled students than do less egalitarian countries. These patterns suggest that egalitarianism and educational excellence are compatible goals for affluent societies. The author discusses the implications of these findings for educational and economic policy in the United States. (Contains 2 notes, 2 tables, and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Economic Factors, Socioeconomic Influences, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment