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The Flemish educational system is characterized by rigid, hierarchical tracking and free track and school choice. The track youngsters enroll in in secondary education is largely determined by their social background. At the same time, students in distinct tracks vary greatly on a number of outcomes, such as achievement and involvement, misconduct and civic attitudes, and well-being and health. Students in the lowest tracks – vocational education – are usually doing worse on each of these indicators. The differences between students in different tracks cannot be explained solely by their social background. The hierarchical character of the educational system is not only responsible for the overrepresentation of weaker social backgrounds in vocational and technical education, but creates a gap between youth in several ways.  

Profile: Professor Mieke Van Houtte 

Event Poster: How tracking divides youth. Mieke Van Houtte 04.06.19


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