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Against the odds : disadvantaged students who succeed in school

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Oecd, Paris, p.198 (2011)

Call Number:

Cubb LC4065 .A34 2011

URL:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264090873-en

Keywords:

Academic achievement--Social aspects--OECD countries, Educational equalization--OECD countries, Poor children--Education--OECD countries, Students with social disabilities--OECD countries, Underachievers--Education--OECD countries

Abstract:

Contents: Executive summary -- PISA as a study of student resilience -- Defining and characterising student resilience in PISA -- A profile of student resilience -- Closing the gap? Enhancing the performance of socio-economically disadvantage students -- Conclusions and policy implications.; Summary: Many socio-economically disadvantaged students excel in PISA. This publication focuses on students who succeed at school despite a disadvantaged background. The report shows that overcoming barriers to achievement is possible, and provides students, parents, policy makers and other education stakeholders insights into what enables socio-economically disadvantaged students to fulfill their potential. Resilient students are characterized by positive approaches to learning, for example, having more interest in science or having more self-confidence. The evidence in PISA shows that positive approaches to learning tend to boost the performance of advantaged students more than that of disadvantaged ones. From an equity perspective, therefore, policies aimed at fostering positive approaches to learning ought to target disadvantaged students more than others.--Publisher's description.

Publication Language:

eng