To Him that Hath Shall be Given: Educational lnequality in Switzerland

Meyer, Thomas (2011). To Him that Hath Shall be Given: Educational lnequality in Switzerland. In: Bergman, Max M.; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Keller, Anita C.; Meyer, Thomas; Stalder, Barbara E. (eds.) Transitionen im Jugendalter. Ergebnisse der Schweizer Längsschnittstudie TREE = Transitions juvéniles en Suisse. Resultats de l'étude longitudinale TREE = Youth transitions in Switzerland. Results from the TREE panel study, Vol. 1 (pp. 40-65). Zürich: Seismo

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This contribution analyses under which circumstances and against which obstacles children and adolescents in Switzerland obtain an upper secondary diploma - or fail to do so. The research results presented reveal a.) that the Swiss education system has a serious equity problem b.) that it systematically violates meritocratic principles and c.) thus reinforces the influence of social origin on educational success. The observed inequalities are aggravated by the fact that supply of education and training places in Switzerland on secondary education levels is de facto rationed.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Meyer, Thomas (A), Hupka-Brunner, Sandra (A), Meyer, Thomas (A)


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


978-3-03777-093-1 (Print), 978-3-03777-881-4 (PDF)




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Thomas Meyer

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17 Oct 2019 16:11

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10 May 2023 16:31


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