Margot Belet

Affiliation: 
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium
From ESA – Strategies & Activities

Thesis Spotlights – Education and Sociocultural Identification: Facilitating Learning Effects through Congruence

2018, issue 42, Margot Belet: In contemporary Western educational systems, sociocultural inequalities remain prominent. Nevertheless, the functionalist meritocratic perspective – which claims that by focusing on students’ own achievement, education limits ascribed privileges like wealth and family background – persists. This has been severely criticised by interactionism and conflict theory, which unveil how educational biases disadvantage certain student subgroups.

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