Pathways to higher education and social mobility: France, Switzerland and Canada compared

Kamanzi, Pierre Canisius; Guégnard, Christine; Koomen, Maarten; Imdorf, Christian; Murdoch, Jake (2016). Pathways to higher education and social mobility: France, Switzerland and Canada compared. In: Scharenberg, Katja; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Meyer, Thomas; Bergman, Manfred Max (eds.) Transitionen im Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter = Transitions des adolescents et des jeunes adultes en Suisse = Transitions in youth and young adulthood study, Vol. 2 (pp. 130-153). Zürich: Seismo

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This article looks at how the organization of educational systems and the pathways leading to higher education foster social mobility or, on the contrary, the reproduction of inequalities. We thus compare three countries: France, Switzerland, and Canada. The results using panel data in the three countries show two opposed situations. The more higher education is valued rather than vocational education and training, the more inequalities in accessing higher education tend to increase. The competition is such that it is the youth with a privileged social background who benefit more from its expansion. On the other hand, when vocational education and training is more highly valued, inequalities tend to be more moderate.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Koomen, Maarten and Imdorf, Christian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISBN:

978-3-03777-157-0

Publisher:

Seismo

Projects:

[1036] Transitions from Education to Employment (TREE) Official URL

Language:

Multilingual

Submitter:

Christian Imdorf

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2016 08:31

Last Modified:

17 Jun 2019 11:16

Additional Information:

Notes: treeanalysis analysis_self Date: 2016

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.77101

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/77101

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