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Social origin and access to upper secondary education in Switzerland: a comparison of company-based apprenticeship and exclusively school-based programmes


Hupka-Brunner, S; Sacchi, S; Stalder, B (2010). Social origin and access to upper secondary education in Switzerland: a comparison of company-based apprenticeship and exclusively school-based programmes. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie = Revue Suisse de Sociologie = Swiss Journal of Sociology, 36(1):11-31.

Abstract

When making the transition from compulsory school to upper secondary education and
training, young people in Switzerland have two main options: company-based apprenticeships
or exclusively school-based programmes. Based on Bourdieu, we assume that schools and
training firms each have their own particular selection procedures. We expect these different
procedures to change the patterns of the influence of social origin on transition – even
when controlling school achievement. We test our assumptions by applying event history
analyses to Switzerland’s first nationwide longitudinal survey of young people (TREE). As
expected, cultural capital of the family of origin is highly relevant for access to school-based
programmes, whereas economic capital favours the entry into apprenticeships.

Abstract

When making the transition from compulsory school to upper secondary education and
training, young people in Switzerland have two main options: company-based apprenticeships
or exclusively school-based programmes. Based on Bourdieu, we assume that schools and
training firms each have their own particular selection procedures. We expect these different
procedures to change the patterns of the influence of social origin on transition – even
when controlling school achievement. We test our assumptions by applying event history
analyses to Switzerland’s first nationwide longitudinal survey of young people (TREE). As
expected, cultural capital of the family of origin is highly relevant for access to school-based
programmes, whereas economic capital favours the entry into apprenticeships.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:08 Mar 2011 14:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:38
Publisher:Seismo
ISSN:0379-3664
Official URL:http://www.sociojournal.ch/index.php?page=archivsuche&lang=en&searchType=issue&issue=106
Related URLs:http://www.sociojournal.ch/ (Publisher)

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