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School Social Segregation


IRN Start Date: 1 May 2019



The IRN conducts research about school social segregation and its relation with educational inequalities and school stratification. We draw on a range of disciplines, including education policy, sociology of education, comparative education and the economics of education, to examine the causes and consequences of school social (and attending racial or ethnic) segregation. We examine how the features of educational systems are related to the sorting of students from different social backgrounds between schools.  These systemic factors include educational policies, structures, and processes related to school funding, school choice, school competition, school admissions and selectivity, curricular differentiation, school autonomy, as well as the broader trends of educational marketization and privatization. We also examine the nature and extent of educational inequalities that are associated with school social segregation. We use a range of methodological approaches to answer these questions, including qualitative interpretive analysis, quantitative statistical analysis, comparative analysis, critical policy analysis, and geo-spatial analysis. 



Laura Perry, PhD

Associate Professor, Education Policy and Comparative Education

Murdoch University, AUSTRALIA



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