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Beyond school performance: An analysis of PISA 2006 from an intersectional perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 49, no 1, 45-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the central questions in recent discussions about Swedish schools is which factors that influence school performance. Socio-economic background, gender, ethnicity, country of birth are some aspects that are mentioned in many international and national studies. Sweden is one of the participants in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the results of PISA since 2000 show deteriorated results for Sweden in reading performance, mathematics and science among 15-year-old students. In order to set school performance in a broader context we analyzed data for the Swedish part of PISA 2006, in which 57 countries participated (of which 30 OECD-countries), with multivariate methods from an intersectional perspective. Our analysis of PISA 2006 shows a complexity of different social, economic and cultural factors behind students' school performance. This intersectional result is also strengthened by the results from PISA 2009, not analysed here. Further, our results show that students' school performance vary with immigration status but that this variation increases by the factor of social inequality in the Swedish society.

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2012. Vol. 49, no 1, 45-65 p.
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Students performance, PISA, immigration status, multivariate methods, social inequality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-173052ISI: 000301823900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-173052DiVA: diva2:516465
Available from: 2012-04-18 Created: 2012-04-18 Last updated: 2012-04-18Bibliographically approved

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