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Research Report:

Human Capital Development and the Frontiers of Research in the Sociology of Education

by Mark McKerrow, Stephen Morgan

Human Capital Development and the Frontiers of Research in the Sociology of Education, Stephen Morgan and Mark McKerrow. CPRN's Skills and Knowledge for Canada's Future: Seven Perspectives - Towards an Integrated Approach to Human Capital Development project. June 2006. 48 pp.

The authors explores four broad explanations – family background, race, opportunities to learn, and school effects – for motivation and commitment to schooling, learning and preparation for post-secondary education, and resulting educational attainment. They find little consensus. They do find, however, that making students repeat a year does more harm than good, that streaming of students into academic and non-academic streams can be class–biased, and that peer networks can be associated with positive educational gains.

Release Date: 30 Jun 2006
Number of pages: 48
Document number: 44364