Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Educational systems and four central functions of education

Programme group Institutions, Inequalities, and Life courses (IIL)

NWO (PROO) Funded Project, February 2011-January 2015

In this project we study the impact of four characteristics of educational systems on four central functions of education.

Four characteristics of educational systems

  • Differentiation
  • Standardization
  • Vocational orientation
  • Track mobility

Four central functions of education

  • to improve equality of opportunity
  • to enhance efficient sorting and learning
  • to prepare for labour market allocation
  • to socialize into active participation in society (civic engagement). 

By systematically relating these aspects, we gain knowledge on how educational institutions affect a broad range of targets, which informs policy and science about potential trade-offs in educational policy.

Empirically we make use of a wide range of datasets and techniques, and compare countries and school organizations regarding the institutional variation and its consequences for the four core functions of education.

This interlinked research project consist of 4 sub-projects.

Published by  AISSR

24 June 2013