The complexity of education policies and social inequality in school systems
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 18 September 2019
In this seminar, Louis Volante discusses key factors that influence the academic resilience of students from backgrounds of low socioeconomic status. Comparing various countries, he will especially focus on educational practices that appear to ameliorate achievement gaps.
This event is free.
Room G0255-59 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 0NU
Socioeconomic inequality in academic achievement has become a key educational, economic, social, and political issue of the 21st century. Policymakers around the world are grappling with the persistent challenge of raising the academic attainment of disadvantaged student populations, and of narrowing achievement gaps to their more affluent peers.
Enhanced educational outcomes – particularly for disadvantaged students – have important implications for student success and intergenerational mobility. In this light, Louis Volante discusses key factors that influence the academic resilience of students from low socioeconomic status (SES) family backgrounds.
Particular attention will be given to discussing educational policies and practices that appear to ameliorate achievement gaps for at-risk primary student populations. Among other things, Volante will examine findings from a recent cross-national study of socioeconomic disadvantages within England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Canada, and Australia.
About the Speaker
Professor of Education at Brock University, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, and President of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA). He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Science at UCL.More about Louis Volante