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Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes

Evidence from Twenty Years of TIMSS

Authors: Broer, Markus, Bai, Yifan, Fonseca, Frank

  • Uses 20 years of TIMSS data to investigate educational inequality in a novel way 
  • Uses a consistent measure of socioeconomic status (SES) over the 20-year period of TIMSS data 
  • Relates trends in educational inequality to the larger macroeconomic context
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This open access book focuses on trends in educational inequality using twenty years of grade 8 student data collected from 13 education systems by the IEA’s Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) between 1995 and 2015. While the overall positive association between family socioeconomic status (SES) and student achievement is well documented in the literature, the magnitude of this relationship is contingent on social contexts and is expected to vary by education system. Research on how such associations differ across societies and how the strength of these relationships has changed over time is limited. This study, therefore, addresses an important research and policy question by examining changes in the inequality of educational outcomes due to SES over this 20-year period, and also examines the extent to which the performance of students from disadvantaged backgrounds has improved over time in each education system.

Education systems generally aim to narrow the achievement gap between low- and high-SES students and to improve the performance of disadvantaged students. However, the lack of quantifiable and comprehensible measures makes it difficult to assess and monitor the effect of such efforts. In this study, a novel measure of SES that is consistent across all TIMSS cycles allows students to be categorized into different socioeconomic groups. This measure of SES may also contribute to future research using TIMSS trend data.

Readers will gain new insight into how educational inequality has changed in the education systems studied and how such change may relate to the more complex picture of macroeconomic changes in those societies. 

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes: An Introduction

    Broer, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • A Review of the Literature on Socioeconomic Status and Educational Achievement

    Broer, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 7-17

  • Methodology: Constructing a Socioeconomic Index for TIMSS Trend Analyses

    Broer, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 19-34

  • Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps: Trend Results for Education Systems

    Broer, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 35-70

  • Trends in Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps in the Macroeconomic Context: Discussion and Future Research

    Broer, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 71-80

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11991-1
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-11990-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes
Book Subtitle
Evidence from Twenty Years of TIMSS
Authors
Series Title
IEA Research for Education
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11991-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11991-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11990-4
Series ISSN
2366-1631
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 83
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations
Topics