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Can achievement differentials be explained by social class alone?

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Rothon, Catherine

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Abstract This article assesses the importance of social class in explaining differentials in the educational achievements of minority ethnic pupils in England and Wales. It is found to be a key factor for all groups. The analysis finds significant differences between ethnic groups even when pupils from the same social class background are compared. When disparities within ethnic groups are examined, however, it is found that the effect of moving one place down the social class structure is similar for all ethnicities. This leads to the conclusion that social class operates in a similar way for all ethnic groups without a specifically `ethnic effect' that mitigates its impact in certain groups.
Keywords gender
Classification Sociology of Education
Free Keywords class schemas; education; ethnicity; GCSE;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 306-322
Journal Ethnicities, 7 (2007) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)