The Social Geography of Education: Neighborhood, Class Composition, and the Educational Achievement of Elementary School Students in Zurich, Switzerland

Zangger, Christoph (2015). The Social Geography of Education: Neighborhood, Class Composition, and the Educational Achievement of Elementary School Students in Zurich, Switzerland. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 44(4), pp. 292-310. Lucius & Lucius

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Despite an impressive amount of research and policy intervention no robust pattern of neighborhood effects on educational attainment has previously been identified. Adequate theoretical modeling and the sensitivity of the results to the method of the study are the major challenges in this area of research. This paper elaborates the social mechanisms of neighborhood effects and applies various methodological approaches to test them. Using data from Switzerland, the research reported here has detected heterogeneous effects of neighborhood on elementary school students’ educational achievement in Zurich. Although modest in comparison with the effects of classroom composition, these effects appear to be mediated primarily through social integration into a local peer network and are differentiated according to students’ gender and their social origin.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Sociology of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Zangger, Christoph

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0340-1804

Publisher:

Lucius & Lucius

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Thomas Zangger

Date Deposited:

07 Mar 2016 17:00

Last Modified:

07 Mar 2016 17:00

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Nachbarschaftseffekte, Soziale Zusammensetzung, Soziale Interaktion, Bildungserfolg, Selection Bias, Endogenität, Instrumentelle Variablen

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.76388

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/76388

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