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A League Table of Educational Disadvantage in Rich Nations


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    This new report from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre considers the effectiveness of public education systems across the rich nations of the industrialised world. The Report Card takes an overview of several well-respected cross-national surveys into educational performance in an effort to present a “big picture” of the extent of educational disadvantage in OECD member countries. Although enrolment rates in lower secondary schooling throughout the OECD are almost 100 per cent, children in their early teens nevertheless differ greatly in what they successfully manage to learn while at school. With the importance of knowledge and of “human capital” in the global economy, the differences between high and low achievers become ever more critical if a part of each generation is not to be excluded from the benefits of economic progress.

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    Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Report Card with number inreca02/6.

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    Length: 32
    Date of creation: 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:ucf:inreca:inreca02/6

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    Keywords: comparative analysis; education; educational policy; industrialized countries; public education;

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    1. John Micklewright, 2002. "Social exclusion and children: a European view for a US debate," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 6430, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Micklewright, John & Schnepf, Sylke V., 2004. "Educational Achievement in English-Speaking Countries: Do Different Surveys Tell the Same Story?," IZA Discussion Papers 1186, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Jason Edgerton & Lance Roberts & Tracey Peter, 2013. "Disparities in Academic Achievement: Assessing the Role of Habitus and Practice," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 114(2), pages 303-322, November.
    4. Corak, Miles, 2006. "Do Poor Children Become Poor Adults? Lessons from a Cross Country Comparison of Generational Earnings Mobility," IZA Discussion Papers 1993, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).


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