Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/262216
Authors: 
Menze, Laura
Solga, Heike
Pollak, Reinhard
Year of Publication: 
2022
Citation: 
[Journal:] Acta Sociologica [ISSN:] 1502-3869 [Issue:] OnlineFirst [Publisher:] Sage Publications [Place:] Thousand Oaks, CA [Year:] 2022 [Pages:] 1-18
Publisher: 
Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA
Abstract: 
This article demonstrates the disadvantages that students leaving special needs schools (Förderschule) face in their school-to-work transition in Germany. We analyse whether the institutional label of ‘having attended a special needs school’ – beyond and above low school attainment – results in scarring effects for students’ chances of integration into training and employment after leaving school. We focus on students classified as having learning disability (Lernbehinderung), the largest group among students with special educational needs (SEN) and examine their NEET risk compared to equally low-attaining students from general schools at age 20/21. The analyses are based on rare longitudinal data for SEN students, the German National Educational Panel Study. Employing matching and regression techniques, we find that the label of ‘having attended a special needs school’ does generate long-term scars above and beyond low school attainment. However, this is only the case for school leavers with a lower secondary school certificate but not for those without school certificate.
Subjects: 
educational attainment
learning disability
NEET
school-to-work transitions
special educational needs
vocational education and training
Germany
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