Pathways, Aspirations, Tracking and access to Higher education (PATH)
Project funded by own resources
Project title Pathways, Aspirations, Tracking and access to Higher education (PATH)
Principal Investigator(s) Imdorf, Christian
Co-Investigator(s) Koomen, Maarten
Meyer, Thomas
Hupka-Brunner, Sandra
Murdoch, Jake
Project Members Koomen, Maarten
Meyer, Thomas
Hupka-Brunner, Sandra
Organisation / Research unit Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Sozialforschung und Methodologie (Bergman),
Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Bildungssoziologie (Imdorf)
Project start 15.01.2013
Probable end 31.12.2016
Status Completed
Abstract

The project analysis if and how – through which institutional settings – higher education is accessed by immigrant group students in Switzerland, France and Canada. Do the immigrant youths have the same educational opportunities and pathways to higher education in the three countries as native youths, according to their aspirations?  We are primarily interested in the possible reinforcement or reduction of educational inequalities arising from policies designed to increase the enrolment in tertiary education, particularly the flow from upper-secondary vocational educational tracks to higher tertiary ones. Despite their different educational policies and histories as countries of immigration (Crul et al., 2012), the three countries have a sizeable immigrant population, some of which do experience obstacles in their educational and professional careers.

Using panel data from France (DEPP), Switzerland (TREE) and Canada (YITS) we analyse the different pathways to higher education while taking in account the different characteristics of the students, focusing on vulnerable (immigrant and socially disadvantaged) groups in each country. Using statistical analysis (multinomial logistic regressions), we analyse the representation of those groups in educational pathways towards higher education.

First preliminary results show that across the three countries, 1st and 2nd generation Northern African youths in France, Turkish or former Yugoslavian youths in Switzerland and Latino and Caribbean youths in Canada are respectively underrepresented in higher education. These differences are greatly reduced and even disappear when the socioeconomic background and educational performance in secondary school is controlled for. This said, in France the democratisation of educational system, including the development of the vocational baccalauréat, has enabled more youths of immigrant background to access higher education, albeit unwillingly for them, via the non-selective university sector. In Switzerland and Canada, there seems to be more “cooling down” and down-streaming of their educational aspirations towards non tertiary and more labour market oriented pathways.

Keywords Pathways, Aspirations, Tracking, Higher Education, France, Switzerland, Canada
Financed by Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
2557768  Murdoch, Jake; Guégnard, Christine; Koomen, Maarten; Imdorf, Christian; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra  Pathways to higher education in France and Switzerland : Do vocational tracks facilitate access to higher education for immigrant students?    Higher education in societies : a multi scale perspective  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
2613159  Imdorf, Christian; Koomen, Maarten; Meyer, Thomas; Kamanzi, Canisius; Murdoch, Jake; Guégnard, Christine  Pathways enabling success for vulnerable immigrants in Switzerland, Canada and France  1763-6213 ; 978-2-11-138817-8    Publication: ConferencePaper (Artikel, die in Tagungsbänden erschienen sind) 
2804418  Kamanzi, Pierre Canisius; Guégnard, Christine; Imdorf, Christian; Koomen, Maarten; Murdoch, Jake  Démocratisation de l'enseignement supérieur et emprise des parcours : comparaison entre la France, la Suisse et le Canada  ISSN 1929-3348  Télescope  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3327510  Kamanzi, Pierre Canisius; Guégnard, Christine; Koomen, Maarten; Imdorf, Christian; Murdoch, Jake  Parcours scolaires, accès aux études supérieures et mobilité sociale: comparaison entre la France, la Suisse et le Canada  978-3-03777-157-0  Transitionen im Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter: Ergebnisse der Schweizer Längsschnittstudie TREE  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3388164  Murdoch, Jake; Guégnard, Christine; Griga, Dorit; Koomen, Maarten; Imdorf, Christian  How Do Second-Generation Immigrant Students Access Higher Education? The Importance of Vocational Routes to Higher Education in Switzerland, France and Germany  2297-8348  Swiss Journal of Sociology  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3399619  Imdorf, Christian; Koomen, Maarten; Guegnard, Christine; Murdoch, Jake  Erleichtern berufsfeldorientierte Mittelschulen den Hochschulzugang für Jugendliche aus hochschulbildungsfernen Milieus? Eine geschlechtersensible Analyse im französisch-schweizerischen Vergleich  978-3-89691-246-6  Gender und Migration an Universitäten, Fachhochschulen und in der höheren Berufsbildung  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3658561  Murdoch, Jake; Guégnard, Christine; Koomen, Maarten; Imdorf, Christian; Kamanzi, Canisius; Meyer, Thomas  Pathways fostering Mobility to Higher Education for Vulnerable Immigrants in France, Switzerland and Canada  2156-8235 ; 2156-8243  European Journal of Higher Education  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3848798  Murdoch, Jake; Guégnard, Christine; Imdorf, Christian; Koomen, Maarten  Les parcours scolaires vers l’enseignement postsecondaire au prisme de la mobilité sociale et du genre en France et en Suisse  978-2-7605-4735-3  L’envers du décor. Massification de l’enseignement supérieur et justice sociale  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3896543  Imdorf, Christian; Koomen, Maarten; Murdoch, Jake; Guégnard, Christine  Do vocational pathways improve higher education access for women and men from less privileged social backgrounds? A comparison of vocational tracks to higher education in France and Switzerland  0486-0349  Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, Rivista trimestrale fondata da Camillo Pellizzi  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
2349014  Imdorf, Christian  Kamanzi, Canisius   University of Montréal  15.01.2013  31.12.2015 
2349032  Imdorf, Christian  Murdoch, Jake  IREDU, University of Burgundy  15.01.2013  31.12.2015 
2349043  Imdorf, Christian  Guégnard, Christine  IREDU/Céreq University of Burgundy  15.01.2013  31.12.2015 
   

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