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‘Everyone has their own qualities’ : tracking and academic self-appraisal in Flemish secondary education

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Track position has an impact on students’ perceptions of educational success. These perceptions matter as they relate to educational and professional aspirations and choices. In this ethnographic study, based on ethnographic observations and semi-structured interviews in three secondary schools in Flanders (northern part of Belgium), we want to increase our understanding of the combination of within- and between track comparisons for students’ perceptions of their educational success. The hierarchical nature of the Flemish educational system is reflected in students’ comparison groups to evaluate their school success. In academic tracks, most students considered their educational career automatically as successful, regardless of their actual grades. Conversely, students in vocational tracks developed more contradictory feelings with respect to their personal school success and felt the need to distinguish themselves from their classmates. Thus, regardless the existence of different school cultures across tracks, students searched for strategies to define themselves as successful in school.
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Secondary education  Tracking system  Belgium  Success

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Van Praag, Lore et al. “‘Everyone Has Their Own Qualities’ : Tracking and Academic Self-appraisal in Flemish Secondary Education.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION  20.3 (2017): 601–618. Print.
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Van Praag, L., Demanet, J., Stevens, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2017). “Everyone has their own qualities” : tracking and academic self-appraisal in Flemish secondary education. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION  , 20(3), 601–618.
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Van Praag, Lore, Jannick Demanet, Peter Stevens, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2017. “‘Everyone Has Their Own Qualities’ : Tracking and Academic Self-appraisal in Flemish Secondary Education.” Social Psychology of Education  20 (3): 601–618.
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Van Praag, Lore, Jannick Demanet, Peter Stevens, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2017. “‘Everyone Has Their Own Qualities’ : Tracking and Academic Self-appraisal in Flemish Secondary Education.” Social Psychology of Education  20 (3): 601–618.
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Van Praag L, Demanet J, Stevens P, Van Houtte M. “Everyone has their own qualities” : tracking and academic self-appraisal in Flemish secondary education. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION  . 2017;20(3):601–18.
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L. Van Praag, J. Demanet, P. Stevens, and M. Van Houtte, “’Everyone has their own qualities’ : tracking and academic self-appraisal in Flemish secondary education,” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION                            , vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 601–618, 2017.
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  abstract     = {Track position has an impact on students’ perceptions of educational
success. These perceptions matter as they relate to educational and professional
aspirations and choices. In this ethnographic study, based on ethnographic observations
and semi-structured interviews in three secondary schools in Flanders
(northern part of Belgium), we want to increase our understanding of the combination
of within- and between track comparisons for students’ perceptions of their
educational success. The hierarchical nature of the Flemish educational system is
reflected in students’ comparison groups to evaluate their school success. In academic
tracks, most students considered their educational career automatically as
successful, regardless of their actual grades. Conversely, students in vocational
tracks developed more contradictory feelings with respect to their personal school
success and felt the need to distinguish themselves from their classmates. Thus,
regardless the existence of different school cultures across tracks, students searched
for strategies to define themselves as successful in school.},
  author       = {Van Praag, Lore and Demanet, Jannick and Stevens, Peter and Van Houtte, Mieke},
  issn         = {1381-2890},
  journal      = {SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION                            },
  keywords     = {Secondary education  Tracking system  Belgium  Success},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {601--618},
  title        = {‘Everyone has their own qualities’ : tracking and academic self-appraisal in Flemish secondary education},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11218-017-9371-4},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2017},
}

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