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Genesis, the current situation and tendencies of inequality in school education

Priority areas of development: state and public administration
2012
Department: Centre for Financial and Economic Decisions in Education

The project was implemented within the framework of the HSE Basic research program.

1. Research object: the educational outcomes of schools functioning in different socio-cultural contexts.

2. Research purpose: to reveal key patterns in the genesis and perpetuation of inequality in school education in various geographical, demographic and socio-cultural situations, and to define tendencies and sources of possible change.

3. Empirical base of the research:
  • statistical data characterizing social and economic development in the given territories (municipalities, settlements);
  • data on educational statistics, characterizing staff and material resources of schools, data on the national total certification of pupils (GIA, Unified State Examination); regional monitoring in education;
  • data on schools's social passports, characterizing the contingent of pupils;

We used data about schools in three regions.

4. Research results:
  • we developed a model for the analysis of educational outcomes of schools, taking into account the socio-cultural context and operating conditions in the territory;
  • we determined differentiation factors in the quality of education in schools where children have different social, demographic, economic and cultural status and live with varying degrees of deprivation;
  • we established the main approaches in educational policy and models of programs to provide equal opportunities in schools for all children to have access to quality education, and to reduce the lag for pupils from the most socially vulnerable groups.

5. Implementation of the research results:
to provide analytical support for federal and regional educational policy and projects intended to ensure equal access to quality school education, and for regional and municipal systems of assessment of the quality of education (contextualization of educational outcomes).
 
6. International partners: Alma Harris, Professor and Director at the Institute of Education Leadership, University of Malaya.