Role of Socio-Economic Inequality in Learning Outcomes of Youth

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Abstract

This paper seeks to examine the effect of social and economic inequalities of student backgrounds in higher secondary level of education (commonly aged between 15 and 18) on their learning outcomes. Social and economic inequalities develop over the life course of these individuals impairing the development of further capabilities. One of the fundamental capabilities that are chosen to study here is education. This study would also shed light on the factors that hold back the students post the higher secondary level from enrolling into the higher education.

This study involves mixed methods, both quantitative and qualitative. The sample for quantitative is 100 students currently in the final year of the higher secondary education. The sample was chosen by simple random sampling in a private high school. The subjects were surveyed on questions ranging from different attributes of social and economic well-being to the performance levels in a chosen subject of study (Mathematics in this case). The statistical operations throw light on the correlation and highlight the causal relationship between the inequality and the learning outcomes. A few in-depth qualitative interviews have been conducted to gain insight on how the processes of inequality impair the learning processes and outcomes of the students.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016
EventYoung Scholars’ Conference: Youth Geographies in Contemporary South Asia - FSI Hall, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India
Duration: 20 Oct 201622 Oct 2016

Conference

ConferenceYoung Scholars’ Conference
CountryIndia
CityNew Delhi
Period20/10/1622/10/16

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