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The role of schools in explaining individuals' subject choices at age 14

Anders, JD; Moulton, V; Henderson, M; Sullivan, A; (2018) The role of schools in explaining individuals' subject choices at age 14. Oxford Review of Education , 44 , Article Special Issue: Inequalities and the Curriculum. 10.1080/03054985.2018.1409973. Green open access

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Abstract

The subjects that young people study from age 14 onwards may have important consequences for their future academic and labour market outcomes. These decisions are shaped by the schools in which they find themselves. Schools also face constraints of their own. This paper explores the extent to which individuals’ decisions are affected by the school they attend and to what extent this is affected by the composition of schools in terms of academic attainment, gender, and socioeconomic background. We use multi-level variance decomposition models applied to administrative data on the subjects that young people in mainstream state-funded schools in England study between ages 14 and 16. Our results highlight the important role that constraints on schools play in subject choice decisions. We also note the particular role of attending a non-selective school within a selective schooling district.

Type: Article
Title: The role of schools in explaining individuals' subject choices at age 14
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2018.1409973
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2018.1409973
Language: English
Additional information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Subject choice, socioeconomic status, gender, schools, hierarchical modelling
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038394
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