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Vervaet, Roselien; Van Houtte, Mieke; Stevens, Peter A. J. – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: As a result of migration processes, schools in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium) are notably ethnically diverse. This evolution has coincided with an increasing number of studies focusing on ethnic-minority pupils' experiences of ethnic prejudice from their ethnic majority counterparts. Purpose/Objective/Research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnic Diversity, Secondary School Students, Bias
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Van Praag, Lore; Demanet, Jannick; Stevens, Peter A. J.; Van Houtte, Mieke – Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 2017
Track position has an impact on students' perceptions of educational success. These perceptions matter as they relate to educational and professional aspirations and choices. In this ethnographic study, based on ethnographic observations and semi-structured interviews in three secondary schools in Flanders (northern part of Belgium), we want to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Self Concept, Secondary School Students
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Van Der Wildt, Anouk; Van Avermaet, Piet; Van Houtte, Mieke – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2017
Societies have become super-diverse due to migration and globalization. Many mainstream classroom teachers feel managing the linguistic variety children bring to school is challenging. This often leads to restrictive language policies. Research on multilingualism has given us insight into the multilingual realities of pupils, which allows us to…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Student School Relationship, Elementary School Students, Second Language Learning
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Stevens, Peter A. J.; Charalambous, Panayiota; Mesaritou, Evgenia; Spyrou, Spyros; Van Praag, Lore; D'hondt, Fanny; Vervaet, Roselien; Van Houtte, Mieke – British Journal of Educational Studies, 2016
While research has focused on the role of racism in (re)producing ethnic/racial inequalities in education, there is very little research that investigates how variability in minority students' responses to racism can be explained. By using an ecological approach to integrate existing research on actors' responses to racism, this study finds that…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Racial Bias, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Huyge, Ellen; Van Maele, Dimitri; Van Houtte, Mieke – Gender and Education, 2015
How much students feel at home in school predicts academic outcomes. In view of the gender achievement gap, it is worth examining the gendered pattern of this school belonging. Studies on school belonging, however, have barely acknowledged possible obstructive effects of traditional gender role attitudes of individual students and student…
Descriptors: Sex Role, Gender Differences, Student School Relationship, Student Attitudes
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Van Houtte, Mieke; Stevens, Peter A. J. – British Educational Research Journal, 2015
It has been established since the 1960s that tracking yields negative consequences for students in lower tracks. As this research has been carried out mainly in the USA and UK, the effects of tracking have been demonstrated in systems of within-school tracking mostly. However, in many European countries--such as Belgium (Flanders)--tracking is…
Descriptors: Track System (Education), Correlation, Comparative Education, Vocational Education
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D'hondt, Fanny; Van Praag, Lore; Stevens, Peter A. J.; Van Houtte, Mieke – Comparative Education Review, 2015
While many ethnic minority students underachieve compared with their ethnic majority peers, they often hold very positive school attitudes. Mickelson (1990) explained this attitude-achievement paradox by the existence of a double set of attitudes. Abstract attitudes reflect the dominant ideas about schooling, while concrete attitudes refer to a…
Descriptors: Underachievement, Minority Group Students, Student Attitudes, Positive Attitudes
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Agirdag, Orhan; Van Avermaet, Piet; Van Houtte, Mieke – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background: In educational research on children's academic performance, few topics have received more attention than the consequences of school segregation and the impact of self-fulfilling prophecies. However, virtually no research has investigated whether self-fulfilling prophecies account for the impact of school composition on academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Student Surveys
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Agirdag, Orhan; Van Houtte, Mieke; Van Avermaet, Piet – Urban Education, 2012
The authors examine whether school segregation is related to pupils' global self-esteem and whether this association is mediated by teacher-pupil relationships. Multilevel analyses based on a survey of 2,845 pupils (aged 10 to 12) in 68 primary schools in Belgian urban areas reveal that, for native-Belgian pupils, a higher proportion of immigrants…
Descriptors: Immigrants, School Segregation, Teacher Student Relationship, Urban Areas
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Demanet, Jannick; Van Houtte, Mieke – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2012
Recent decades have seen many studies dealing with the effects of teacher expectations. While most have focused on students' cognitive outcomes, we relate teacher expectations to student deviancy. We expect low expectations to be associated with students' feelings of futility and less teacher support, which, according to respectively strain theory…
Descriptors: Social Control, Social Theories, Teacher Attitudes, Student Behavior
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Demanet, Jannick; Van Houtte, Mieke – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2012
The schools-as-communities perspective provides a popular explanation for school-disruptive behavior, stating that interpersonal bonding at school and feelings of school belonging prevent misconduct. In this article, we build on this perspective in three ways. First, we test whether the preventive influence of school belonging acts at the…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Immigrants, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior
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Demanet, Jannick; Van Houtte, Mieke – American Journal of Health Education, 2012
Grschool, in Flemish secondary schools. Methods: We use data from the Flemish Educational Assessment (FlEA), consisting of 11,872 students in 85 schools. Multivariate analyses of variance (ANOVA) were performed. Results: Non-involved students felt most attached to peers, parents, teachers, and school. Bullies matched the level of parental…
Descriptors: Bullying, Antisocial Behavior, Victims of Crime, Attachment Behavior
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Van Houtte, Mieke; Van Maele, Dimitri – Teachers College Record, 2012
Background: Since the late 1960s, research has demonstrated repeatedly that students in lower tracks achieve less as they develop an antischool culture to overcome the status deprivation resulting from being in a lower track. In quantitative large-scale research, this antischool culture is usually assessed using poor academic attitudes or study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Educational Environment, Grade Point Average
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Van Houtte, Mieke; Stevens, Peter A. J. – Oxford Review of Education, 2010
Starting from the present knowledge society with its social overvaluing of cognition and white-collar jobs at the expense of manual labour, this article examines whether school type--academic versus technical/vocational schools--relates to students' sense of futility. It assesses the schools' culture of futility and investigates the explanatory…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Schools, Technical Education, School Culture