A model of the intergenerational transmission of educational success
(2004) Leon Feinstein, Kathryn Duckworth and Ricardo Sabates
Wider Benefits of Learning Research Report No.10
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The inter-generational transmission of educational success is a key driver of the persistence of social class differences and a barrier to equality of opportunity. This report provides a review of the role of parental education in this process. We examine theory and evidence on the key factors that impact on children’s attainment and assess the ways in which education alters the related dynamic processes.
To structure our presentation of the theory and evidence we draw on the multi-level ecological model of developmental psychology. This provides a framework for presenting ideas not just from psychology but also from economics and other social sciences. It also enables a focus on the interaction between factors as well as other contexts beside the family, such as schools, pre-schools and neighbourhoods.
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