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Authors: 
Heisig, Jan Paul
Solga, Heike
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Sociology of Education [ISSN:] 1939-8573 [Publisher:] Sage Publications [Place:] Thousand Oaks, CA [Volume:] 88 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 202-225
Abstract: 
We investigate the impact of external differentiation and vocational orientation of (lower and upper) secondary education on country variation in the mean numeracy skills of, and skills gaps between, adults with low and intermediate formal qualifications. We use data on 30- to 44-year-olds in 18 countries from the 2011–12 round of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. We find that higher levels of external differentiation (tracking) amplify skills gaps between less- and intermediate-educated adults. This is mainly due to lower mean skills achievement of less-educated adults. By contrast, greater emphasis on vocational skills in upper-secondary education is positively related to numeracy skills for both less- and intermediate-educated adults. Gains are larger for the less educated, so the gap in numeracy skills tends to fall with the degree of vocational orientation. We discuss implications of our findings for research on educational and labor market inequalities.
Subjects: 
skills gaps
vocational orientation
external differentiation
educational stratification
country comparison
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Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich / This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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