Elite education and social mobility
This presentation covers a suite of papers from a project on private and selective schooling and unequal outcomes in the UK. We primarily draw on longitudinal data from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). Some key findings: 1) Advantaged social origins and private schooling were both linked to a strong advantage in educational attainment, including access to elite universities; 2) The effect of childhood socio-economic origins on social class in mid-life was largely mediated by educational attainment, with no evidence for a ‘direct effect of social origins’ (DESO). However, there was a direct role of private schooling, above and beyond educational attainment; 3) Comparing two generations born in 1958 and 1970, the role of private schools has changed, as private schooling is substantially more positively linked to educational attainment for the younger cohort.
30 April 2018, 13:00 (Monday, 2nd week, Trinity 2018)
Manor Road Building, Manor Road OX1 3UQ
Alice Sullivan (University College, London)
Department of Sociology
Federico Varese (University of Oxford)
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