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School ethnic composition and aspirations of immigrant students in Belgium

Mieke Van Houtte UGent and Peter Stevens UGent (2010) British Educational Research Journal. 36(2). p.209-237
abstract
This article examines the association between school ethnic composition and immigrant students' intentions to finish high school and to move on to higher education. We used data from 1324 immigrant and 10,546 native students gathered in the school year 2004-2005 in a sample of 85 Flemish (Belgian) secondary schools. Logistic multilevel analyses (HLM6) show that students attending schools with a majority of native students (enrolling less than 20% immigrant students) were twice as likely to plan to finish high school and to plan for higher education than those attending high concentration schools (more than 50% immigrant students). These associations were due to students' socio-economic status (SES) and there was no difference in aspirations between high and low concentration schools after controlling for students' SES and the SES context of the school. All else being equal, immigrant students in high concentration schools tended to aspire to finish high school and move on to higher education slightly more than those attending medium concentration schools (20-50% immigrant students). The analyses further show that these differences between high and medium concentration schools can be explained by the more optimistic culture in high concentration schools. The main conclusion is that high concentration schools are not necessarily detrimental for students' educational aspirations.
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subject
keyword
ACHIEVEMENT, RACIAL COMPOSITION, SEGREGATION, DESEGREGATION, EXPECTATIONS, MOBILITY, CLIMATE, DROPOUT, ENGLAND, IMPACT
journal title
British Educational Research Journal
Br. educ. res. j.
volume
36
issue
2
pages
209 - 237
publisher
Routledge
place of publication
ABINGDON
Web of Science type
article
Web of Science id
000275839600003
JCR category
EDUCATION & EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
JCR impact factor
1.14 (2010)
JCR rank
47/177 (2010)
JCR quartile
2 (2010)
ISSN
0141-1926
DOI
10.1080/01411920902802180
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
708618
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-708618
date created
2009-06-25 11:48:42
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2015-06-17 11:16:13
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  abstract     = {This article examines the association between school ethnic composition and immigrant students' intentions to finish high school and to move on to higher education. We used data from 1324 immigrant and 10,546 native students gathered in the school year 2004-2005 in a sample of 85 Flemish (Belgian) secondary schools. Logistic multilevel analyses (HLM6) show that students attending schools with a majority of native students (enrolling less than 20\% immigrant students) were twice as likely to plan to finish high school and to plan for higher education than those attending high concentration schools (more than 50\% immigrant students). These associations were due to students' socio-economic status (SES) and there was no difference in aspirations between high and low concentration schools after controlling for students' SES and the SES context of the school. All else being equal, immigrant students in high concentration schools tended to aspire to finish high school and move on to higher education slightly more than those attending medium concentration schools (20-50\% immigrant students). The analyses further show that these differences between high and medium concentration schools can be explained by the more optimistic culture in high concentration schools. The main conclusion is that high concentration schools are not necessarily detrimental for students' educational aspirations.},
  author       = {Van Houtte, Mieke and Stevens, Peter},
  issn         = {0141-1926},
  journal      = {British Educational Research Journal},
  keyword      = {ACHIEVEMENT,RACIAL COMPOSITION,SEGREGATION,DESEGREGATION,EXPECTATIONS,MOBILITY,CLIMATE,DROPOUT,ENGLAND,IMPACT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {209--237},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  title        = {School ethnic composition and aspirations of immigrant students in Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920902802180},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Van Houtte, Mieke, and Peter Stevens. 2010. “School Ethnic Composition and Aspirations of Immigrant Students in Belgium.” British Educational Research Journal 36 (2): 209–237.
APA
Van Houtte, M., & Stevens, P. (2010). School ethnic composition and aspirations of immigrant students in Belgium. British Educational Research Journal, 36(2), 209–237.
Vancouver
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Van Houtte M, Stevens P. School ethnic composition and aspirations of immigrant students in Belgium. British Educational Research Journal. ABINGDON: Routledge; 2010;36(2):209–37.
MLA
Van Houtte, Mieke, and Peter Stevens. “School Ethnic Composition and Aspirations of Immigrant Students in Belgium.” British Educational Research Journal 36.2 (2010): 209–237. Print.