publication . Article . 2016

Can children break the cycle of disadvantage? Structure and agency in the transmission of education across generations

Burger, Kaspar; Walk, Marlene;
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Abstract
Research has shown that parents tend to pass educational advantage or disadvantage on to their children. However, little is known about the extent to which the intergenerational transmission of education involves children’s agency. In this study we drew from two traditions in sociological and social psychological theorizing – the theory of cultural and social reproduction and the theory of human agency – to examine whether agency influences children’s educational performance, and if so, whether this influence can be observed among children across social classes. We used data from the Spanish sample of the Program for International Student Assessment (N = 25,003 ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Cultural and social reproduction, Inequality, Structure/agency, PISA, Educational stratification, Inequality, Structure/agency, Cultural and social reproduction, Educational stratification, PISA, ddc:340, ddc:342.7
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Burger, K. (2015). Effective early childhood care and education: Successful approaches and didactic strategies for fostering child development. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 23(5), 743-760. [OpenAIRE]

Burger, K. (2016). Intergenerational transmission of education in Europe: Do more comprehensive education systems reduce social gradients in student achievement? Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 44, 54-67.

Byun, S.-Y., Henck, A., & Post, D. (2014). Cross-national variations in student employment and academic performance: The roles of national context and international law. Comparative Education Review, 58(4), 621-652. [OpenAIRE]

Byun, S.-Y., Schofer, E., & Kim, K.-K. (2012). Revisiting the role of cultural capital in East Asian educational systems: The case of South Korea. Sociology of Education, 85(3), 219-239.

Calarco, J. M. (2014). Coached for the classroom: Parents' cultural transmission and children's reproduction of educational inequalities. American Sociological Review, 79(5), 1015-1037.

Chin, T., & Phillips, M. (2004). Social reproduction and child-rearing practices: Social class, children's agency, and the summer activity gap. Sociology of Education, 77(3), 185-210.

54 references, page 1 of 4
Abstract
Research has shown that parents tend to pass educational advantage or disadvantage on to their children. However, little is known about the extent to which the intergenerational transmission of education involves children’s agency. In this study we drew from two traditions in sociological and social psychological theorizing – the theory of cultural and social reproduction and the theory of human agency – to examine whether agency influences children’s educational performance, and if so, whether this influence can be observed among children across social classes. We used data from the Spanish sample of the Program for International Student Assessment (N = 25,003 ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Cultural and social reproduction, Inequality, Structure/agency, PISA, Educational stratification, Inequality, Structure/agency, Cultural and social reproduction, Educational stratification, PISA, ddc:340, ddc:342.7
54 references, page 1 of 4

Andersen, P. L., & Hansen, M. N. (2012). Class and cultural capital - The case of class inequality in educational performance. European Sociological Review, 28(5), 607-621.

Baker, W., Sammons, P., Siraj-Blatchford, I., Sylva, K., Melhuish, E. C., & Taggart, B. (2014). Aspirations, education and inequality in England: insights from the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project. Oxford Review of Education, 40(5), 525-542.

Bandura, A. (2001). Social cognitive theory: An agentic perspective. Annual Review of Psychology, 52, 1-26.

Bandura, A. (2006). Toward a psychology of human agency. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1(2), 164- 180.

Barone, C. (2006). Cultural capital, ambition and the explanation of inequalities in learning outcomes: a comparative analysis. Sociology, 40(6), 1039-1058.

Boudon, R. (1974). Education, opportunity and social inequality: Changing prospects in Western society. New York: Wiley.

Bourdieu, P., & Passeron, J.-C. (1970). La Reproduction: Éléments pour une théorie du système d'enseignement. Paris: Éditions de minuit.

Brambor, T., Clark, R. W., & Golder, M. (2006). Understanding interaction models: Improving empirical analyses. Political Analysis, 14(1), 63-82.

Breen, R., & Jonsson, J. O. (2005). Inequality of opportunity in comparative perspective: Recent research on educational attainment and social mobility. Annual Review of Sociology, 31, 223-243.

Burger, K. (2015). Effective early childhood care and education: Successful approaches and didactic strategies for fostering child development. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 23(5), 743-760. [OpenAIRE]

Burger, K. (2016). Intergenerational transmission of education in Europe: Do more comprehensive education systems reduce social gradients in student achievement? Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 44, 54-67.

Byun, S.-Y., Henck, A., & Post, D. (2014). Cross-national variations in student employment and academic performance: The roles of national context and international law. Comparative Education Review, 58(4), 621-652. [OpenAIRE]

Byun, S.-Y., Schofer, E., & Kim, K.-K. (2012). Revisiting the role of cultural capital in East Asian educational systems: The case of South Korea. Sociology of Education, 85(3), 219-239.

Calarco, J. M. (2014). Coached for the classroom: Parents' cultural transmission and children's reproduction of educational inequalities. American Sociological Review, 79(5), 1015-1037.

Chin, T., & Phillips, M. (2004). Social reproduction and child-rearing practices: Social class, children's agency, and the summer activity gap. Sociology of Education, 77(3), 185-210.

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publication . Article . 2016

Can children break the cycle of disadvantage? Structure and agency in the transmission of education across generations

Burger, Kaspar; Walk, Marlene;