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Access to post-compulsory education and training: economic, sociological and political determinants and remaining research gaps


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Souto-Otero, M., 2007. Access to post-compulsory education and training: economic, sociological and political determinants and remaining research gaps. Comparative Education, 43 (4), pp. 571-586.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050060701611961

    Abstract

    This paper presents a review and assessment of existing theoretical accounts to explain differentials in access to education and training in advanced economies. These theories tend to focus on the analysis of the influence of a set of economic, sociological and political variables on access to education. Existing theories are criticized on two grounds. Firstly, they seldom take into consideration the crucial role of political-institutional factors, and in particular, welfare states' actions through direct investment and regulation in shaping access levels. Secondly, they focus narrowly on the analysis of different stages of education and training, and this does not reflect the current policy emphasis on lifelong learning. The paper concludes with an outline of a future research agenda to address these gaps, and also calls for a more rigorous analysis of the weight of the different factors affecting access.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsSouto-Otero, M.
    DOI10.1080/03050060701611961
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
    Publisher StatementSouto-Otero_CE_2007_43_4_571.pdf: This is an electronic version of an article published in Souto-Otero, M., 2007. Access to post-compulsory education and training: economic, sociological and political determinants and remaining research gaps. Comparative Education, 43 (4), pp. 571-586. Comparative Education is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050060701611961; Souto-Otero_CE_2007_43_4_571.doc: This is an electronic version of an article published in Souto-Otero, M., 2007. Access to post-compulsory education and training: economic, sociological and political determinants and remaining research gaps. Comparative Education, 43 (4), pp. 571-586. Comparative Education is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050060701611961
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code15830

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