Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)


Sub project 1: Educational systems, school characteristics and cognitive achievement

drs. Roxanne Korthals

This project focuses on the explanation of the variance of cognitive achievement of pupils in secondary education by three level characteristics: pupil & parent; school; educational systems.

This means that we will analyze the direct and indirect effects of different educational systems of developed societies: societies with educational systems which differ in differentiation, standardization, vocational orientation and track mobility; schools with different constrains and opportunities to teach and learn as a consequence of these educational system characteristics; pupils with different social and cultural background and learning histories within different schools and within different educational systems.

Sub project 2: Educational systems and the socialization of students into active citizenship

drs. Jacqueline Witschge

This project examines the impact of educational institutions on how students are equipped with competencies that foster active participation in society.

This partproject studies the impact of the four educational institutions on civic outcomes for students of different educational attainments (participation in voluntary associations, political interest, democratic attitudes, civic engagement, voting at elections, and trust in institutions).

We hypothesize that differentiation and vocational orientation magnify variations among students of different tracks, whereas standardization and track mobility decrease variation.

This is examined using different designs and datasets.

Sub project 3: Educational systems, skills and labour market outcomes

dr. Mark Levels

In this project we focus on the allocation function.

We will explore the following questions: Are school-leavers and graduates equipped with relevant skills to enter the labour market? How do these skills affect labour market outcomes? How are these outcomes distributed across gender, ethnicity and social background? How are the acquisition of the skills and labour market outcomes affected by characteristics of the educational system?

We will use international comparative datasets to explore the effect of the four institutional characteristics (differentiation, standardization, vocational orientation and track mobility) in framing the allocation function of education.

Sub project 4: Policy trade-offs in educational design

dr. Thijs Bol

This project focuses explicitly on the policy trade-offs between different functions of education. This focus is realized in three steps.

First we examine a combination of multiple functions (equality & efficiency, equality & labour market allocation, and equality & civic engagement), and see whether institutions have differential effects on these.

Second, we translate findings of the whole project into policy implications.

Third, a thorough empirical analysis of the position of the Netherlands will be carried out, to see if the Netherlands is an ‘outlier’ or fits into the general picture provided by the cross-national comparisons.

Published by  AISSR

27 June 2013