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Education Systems and InequalitiesInternational Comparisons$
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Andreas Hadjar and Christiane Gross

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326106

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326106.001.0001

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Conclusions and summary

Conclusions and summary

(p.335) Conclusions and summary
Education Systems and Inequalities

Christiane Gross

Andreas Hadjar

Policy Press

The conclusion presents an overview of the text, summarising the contents of each section. It then goes on to state that, through the findings of the previous chapters, the authors have come to the conclusion that producing equal opportunities for students should be one of the main functions of any education system. However, it is not simple to explain how inequality in education systems occurs or how to ratify it. There are many characteristics of education systems which contribute to inequality such as vocational specificity, stratification and standardisation, as well as many social characteristics, including gender, ethnicity, dis/ability, etc. A majority of the research performed in the text indicates that stratification has a strong effect on the (in)equality of education systems. However, the authors conclude by stating that focusing on only one feature of an education system may not be sufficient to cause any real changes.

Keywords:   stratification, standardisation, education systems, equality, vocational specificity

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