Differentiation in secondary education and inequality in educational opportunities: The case of Switzerland

Buchmann, Marlis; Kriesi, Irene; Koomen, Maarten; Imdorf, Christian; Basler, Ariane (2016). Differentiation in secondary education and inequality in educational opportunities: The case of Switzerland. In: Blossfeld, Hans-Peter; Buchholz, Sandra; Skopek, Jan; Triventi, Moris (eds.) Models of Secondary Education and Social Inequality – An International Comparison. eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series (pp. 111-128). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing

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Sociologists working in the field of education and stratification have long been concerned with how far not only ability and performance but also selection by social and migration background along with gender account for differences in young people’s educational attainment. Research has recognized the complex entanglement of institutional, social, and individual characteristics that shape both educational opportunities and educational attainment. The significance of these characteristics is most visible at transitions in the educational system. In differentiated and stratified educational systems, these transitions involve placement into educational tracks with different academic requirements. For Switzerland, we examine how ability, school performance, and student social characteristics affect track placement to lower and upper secondary schooling and how allocation to secondary-level tracks determines tertiary education enrolment.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Buchmann, Marlis, Kriesi, Irene, Koomen, Maarten (B), Imdorf, Christian (A), Basler, Ariane, Blossfeld, Hans-Peter, Buchholz, Sandra, Skopek, Jan, Triventi, Moris


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




eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series


Edward Elgar Publishing


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Thomas Meyer

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05 Jan 2017 10:28

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29 Mar 2023 23:35



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