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Staying on: the effects of recent changes in educational participation for 17-19 year-olds in Norway and Scotland

Hammer, T., and Furlong, A. (1996) Staying on: the effects of recent changes in educational participation for 17-19 year-olds in Norway and Scotland. Sociological Review, 44(4), pp. 693-709. (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.ep9703202983)

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The article examines some of the implications of the growth of educational participation for the labor market integration of young people between 17 and 19 in Norway and Scotland. Not only has there been an increase in the proportion of young people who participate in post-compulsory schooling, but sections of the population who traditionally left school at the earliest possible opportunity are increasingly represented within the upper secondary school. With increasing demands for an educated labor force, it has sometimes been assumed that there is a link between educational expansion and meritocracy. On the other hand, the extension of schooling and certification may lead to qualification inflation and the middle classes may be successful in maintaining their advantages despite a greater openness in the education system at the lower levels. Although young Norwegians and young Scots have very different educational experiences, the two countries have similar size populations, they have comparable economic and industrial structures and the urban-rural settlement patterns bear remarkable similarities. However, in terms of political traditions and cultural inheritances, there are many dissimilarities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Furlong, Professor Andy
Authors: Hammer, T., and Furlong, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Sociological Review
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1467-954X

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