Academic performance of students in sciences and attitudes towards science
4.5% of students aged over 15 years obtained excellent results in sciences, far below the average for the OECD (7.1%) or for countries such as Finland (13.9%) and Germany (10.1%). This result contrasts with the expectations of 28.6% of Spanish students who stated that they wanted to go into a profession related with the sciences standing above the average for the OECD (24.5%) and for Finland (17%) and Germany (15.3%).
Percentage of the population that took at least one training course related with culture in the last year
How many people participate in complementary training courses linked to culture? In 2015, 5.9% of the Spanish population underwent some training of this type.
Why are young people unable to access home ownership?
Employment precarity is an obstacle to accessing home ownership for young people. Rental, which is more expensive, or family solidarity are the main alternatives for setting up a home.
The unequal impact of social exclusion in Spain (2007-2013)
Between the years 2007 and 2013, the difficulties faced in employment, housing and health worsened considerably in Spain. This article by the Social Observatory of "la Caixa” reflects on the problems that have intensified social exclusion which affects, above all, the younger population.
Educational expansion and the partial devaluation of credentials
Has mass access of Spaniards to intermediate and higher education been associated with a deterioration in the quality of educational qualifications, as some international bodies have warned?
Reading skills among native and immigrant children: the compensating effect of preschool attendance
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