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Determined to Succeed?Performance versus Choice in Educational Attainment$
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Michelle Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783026

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783026.001.0001

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Dentist, Driver, or Dropout?

Dentist, Driver, or Dropout?

Family Background and Secondary Education Choices in Denmark

(p.228) Chapter Eight Dentist, Driver, or Dropout?
Determined to Succeed?

Anders Holm

Mads Meier Jæer

Stanford University Press

This chapter, which assesses IEO in Denmark, building on the basic analyses to consider tripartite outcomes (academic tracks, vocational tracks, and exit), compares parental class and parental education inequalities at the transition made at age 16 for two cohorts born around 30 years apart. It notes that in Denmark, secondary effects make up the lion's share of observable family background inequalities in the likelihood of succeeding in the academic track in secondary education. Secondary effects arise from social-class differences in educational decision-making strategies, cultural capital, and other noncognitive resources, all factors that have previously been shown to be important in Denmark. The analysis shows that inequality in educational outcomes exists in Denmark and that secondary effects are particularly strong compared to most other countries.

Keywords:   Denmark education, school transition, family background inequalities, social-class differences

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