VID Colloquium

Educational Achievements of Immigrant Students in Western Societies

Roland Verwiebe and Bernhard Riederer, University of Vienna, Institute of Sociology

Date: Wed, 23 November 2011 , Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Research on social stratification and education has recognized a wide range of factors for differences in students’ achievements. Lately, several studies reported on the various effects of parents, classroom and school factors as well as national policies across Western countries. However, detailed analyses on educational achievements of students with a migration background are still quite scarce. We address this shortcoming by means of a multilevel analysis of 24 Western countries based on PISA data from 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009. Our results show that on the level of macro variables, the quality and the stratification of the educational system are very important for immigrant students’ educational achievements. On school level, teacher density and the social and ethnic composition of the school’s student body are crucial. On the individual level, the economic and cultural capital of parents and the language spoken at home proved to be relevant. In addition, second-generation immigrant students do better than first generation immigrant students. Finally, the region of origin matters for immigrant students’ educational achievements.

About the presenter

Roland Verwiebe is full professor at University of Vienna since 2009. He held previous positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin (1998-1999, research assistant), the Humboldt University of Berlin (1997-2004; lectureship and research fellow), the University of Hamburg (2004-2005 and 2006-2009; assistant professor) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (2005-2006; temporary full professor). His main research interests cover social inequality, migration, and Europeanization.

Bernhard Riederer is research associate at University of Vienna (since 2009) and PhD-student in social and economic sciences at the University of Graz. In the past, he was tutor at the Department of European Law, research associate in a FWF grant at the Department of Psychology, and associate lecturer at the Department of Sociology, all at the University of Graz. His main research topics comprise social inequality, intimate relationships and the family, and attitudes towards democracy.

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