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How does parents’ education influence internet use by their children?

Article

How does parents’ education influence internet use by their children?

September 2020

Education
Dulce Manzano and María Fernández-Mellizo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM);Adapted by: Sílvia Galilea and Carina Bellver (StoryData)

The digital divide reduces equal opportunities for citizens. This article examines the reasons for this based on the analysis of ICT use patterns among Spanish compulsory secondary-school students.  

Education

Report

Education

July 2020

Education

Do we have quality education? In this report we analyse three fundamental dimensions: access to sufficient educational level, obtaining of adequate knowledge to contribute to economic and social development, and degree of inclusion of the education system.

Applicants and awardees of the ”la Caixa” Grants programme: who are they?

Article

Applicants and awardees of the ”la Caixa” Grants programme: who are they?

January 2020

Education
Lídia Farré, Universitat de Barcelona;Francesc Ortega, City University of New York

The “la Caixa” Banking Foundation grants programme, which funds postgraduate studies, has a major impact on the careers of its beneficiaries. Who applies for these grants and what factors determine to whom they are awarded?

Parental involvement in education: a tool for change

Article

Parental involvement in education: a tool for change

April 2019

Education
Rubén Fernández Alonso, Universidad de Oviedo;Marcelino Cuesta, Universidad de Oviedo;Pamela Woitschach, Universidad de Oviedo;Marcos Álvarez-Díaz, Ministry of Education and Science of the Principality of Asturias

Can the positive effects of parental involvement in education be extended to  schools? We analyse the outcomes of schools according to the types of families of the pupils that attend them.  

The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

Article

The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

February 2019

Josep Lladós, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Will new-generation technologies substitute the most routine jobs? Discover the impact of automation on the world of work. 

Training for employed people: the need for expansion and improvement

Article

Training for employed people: the need for expansion and improvement

January 2019

Education
Andreu Lope, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Training workers is vital for improving their employability. However, since the economic crisis, investment in training has fallen by 50% in Spain and social agents barely participate in the definition of continuous training actions.  

Socioeconomic Inequalities and Academic Achievement in Spain

Article

Socioeconomic Inequalities and Academic Achievement in Spain

December 2018

Education Social Inclusion
Álvaro Borja Choi de Mendizábal, Associate Professor in Economics, University of Barcelona

How does socioeconomic inequality affect the academic progress of students? Using recent data we analyse the case of Spain and how it compares with the rest of Europe.  

“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”

Interview

“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”

November 2018

Social Inclusion Education
Robert Erikson, researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and professor at Stockholm University

Does education really remove social barriers? Robert Erikson analyses the degree of social mobility in advanced democracies.

“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”

Interview

“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”

October 2018

Culture Education
José van Dijck, professor of the University of Utrecht. Her research area is media studies and communication

José van Dijck reflects on how the major internet platforms are determining how we communicate, buy, and even how we behave.  

Public and private universities: evolution of productivity and impact of the crisis

Article

Public and private universities: evolution of productivity and impact of the crisis

August 2018

Education
Eva M. de la Torre García, Autonomous University of Madrid;"la Caixa” Social Observatory Award for the best article in the field of Education

How has the economic crisis affected the productivity of universities? This article explains how public centres have reorganised their resources better than private centres and have shown greater efficiency.

Limitations to the training of human capital and possibilities of economic growth and social wellbeing

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Limitations to the training of human capital and possibilities of economic growth and social wellbeing

January 2018

What is the rate for early leaving of education and training by sex? The Europe 2020 Strategy has a target of 15%.

“We have undervalued the importance of personal interrelations in education”

Interview

“We have undervalued the importance of personal interrelations in education”

May 2017

Education
Alan Daly, Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego.

Alan Daly, Chair Professor of Education at the University of California, offers in this interview granted to the Social Observatory of "la Caixa” a view of the role of personal relations in the world of education, in which he highlights the concept of social capital.

Overqualification and unemployment in young people. Pathways to employment of university graduates

Article

Overqualification and unemployment in young people. Pathways to employment of university graduates

April 2017

Education
María Ramos, Post-doctoral researcher at the Carlos III University of Madrid

The economic crisis experienced by Spain has led to increasing numbers of young people opting to prolong their education given the lack of job prospects. This fact has caused overqualification among young people and the consolidation of unemployment.

Educational expansion and the partial devaluation of credentials

Article

Educational expansion and the partial devaluation of credentials

October 2016

Education
Luis Ortiz, Professor of Political and Social Sciences
Jorge Rodríguez Menés, Professor of Political and Social Sciences,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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?

The Social Elevator

Article

The Social Elevator

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion
Miguel Requena, Chair Professor of Sociology,
UNED

Despite its perception in recent years, education continues to be a very effective vehicle for social promotion, as well as a more significant factor than social origin in providing access to the professional classes.

Early Childhood Education

Infodata

Early Childhood Education

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion

With the aim of improving parental access to the labour market, the Council of Europe is working towards all countries in the European Union achieving 33% of children enrolled in pre-school education.

Occupation and Salary Gap

Infodata

Occupation and Salary Gap

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion

On average, men earn more than women for the same jobs. However, although the crisis reduced average salaries for everyone, the related growth in unemployment affected men more than women.

Education and Salaries

Infodata

Education and Salaries

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion

The higher the level of education, the bigger the salary? Effectively, in 2015, the earnings of people with higher education qualifications were, on average, nearly 38% higher than those of people who had only completed intermediate education.

Education level

Infodata

Education level

September 2016

Education

What does the level of studies attained tell us about the structure of a society? Our country has a very high proportion of university graduates, but also a large percentage of people who have completed only primary education.

Education and Immigration

Infodata

Education and Immigration

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion

How many students of immigrant origin are enrolled in the education system? During the 2014-2015 academic year in Spain, they represented 8.6% of total students, a low proportion in comparison with many other European countries

Structure of the Education System

Infodata

Structure of the Education System

September 2016

Education

Sometimes it is difficult to translate the language of international bodies that we use on a daily basis. What are the equivalences between the ISCED educational levels used by the UNESCO and the system used in Spain?

Social stratification and parental care: an analysis of the Spanish case

Article

Social stratification and parental care: an analysis of the Spanish case

September 2016

Social Inclusion Education
Pablo Gracia, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Good parenting is fundamental for children’s development. How does parental dedication differ between social groups? Knowing the answer is essential if we want an equal society.

Towards More Inclusive Education: From Multiple Intelligences to a Passion for Learning

Review

Towards More Inclusive Education: From Multiple Intelligences to a Passion for Learning

September 2016

Education
Marta Seiz, Spanish National Research Council

Can education reduce social inequality? These two books, which talk to us about the theory of multiple intelligences and the importance of passion and perseverance, propose educational options for working in this direction.

Education Indicators

Barometer

Education Indicators

September 2016

Education

Where is education heading? In this section the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” presents a series of indicators are presented that are key to understanding the situation of education in our society. The majority have been built using data from international databases such as the European Social Survey (ESS) or the PISA Report, among others.

“To reduce inequality, we have to do more in early childhood”

Interview

“To reduce inequality, we have to do more in early childhood”

September 2016

Education
Jane Waldfogel, Chair Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs,
Columbia University School

Jane Waldfogel is Chair Professor in Social Work at the University of Columbia. In this interview, the main author of the book Too Many Children Left Behind proposes solutions for tackling differences in performance between students.

Actions against inequality for improving children's social opportunities

Review

Actions against inequality for improving children's social opportunities

September 2016

Social Inclusion Education
Dr. Michael Pratt, Psychology Department, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

These two works analyse, from the angles of psychology and sociology respectively, the increase in social opportunities for underprivileged children. The first proposes acting on the environment and the second, on individual capabilities. 

The dismal science of parenting

Review

The dismal science of parenting

September 2016

Education
Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge

How should we care for our children? The discipline of Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, contrasts with the experimental extravagances of Dalton Conley and his Parentology. However, the two share a competitive vision of childhood that focuses on social approval.

Education as a Social Elevator

Dossier

Education as a Social Elevator

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion

Education, research and knowledge are fundamental pillars for predicting a country’s future development. The Dossier  tackles the role of education as a social elevator and the presence of students of immigrant origin in the classroom.

Reading skills among native and immigrant children: the compensating effect of preschool attendance

Article

Reading skills among native and immigrant children: the compensating effect of preschool attendance

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion
Johanna Dämmrich, European University Institute

Pre-school education plays a fundamental role in improving reading comprehension capabilities in primary and secondary school, especially among immigrant students. This is shown by the results in the three countries analysed: Spain, Norway and Sweden. 

Skills Acquisition in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Students

Article

Skills Acquisition in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Students

September 2016

Education Social Inclusion
Jorge Calero, Chair Professor of Applied Economics
Josep Oriol Escardíbul, Professor of Applied Economics,
University of Barcelona

The admission of immigrant students in the classroom has represented a significant change for the Spanish education system. Are there differences in the results of immigrant and non-immigrant students? Why?

"la Caixa" Pro-Childhood Programme

Best practices

"la Caixa" Pro-Childhood Programme

August 2016

Jordi Riera Romaní, Vice Chancellor of Academic Policy. Ramon Llull University

How can equal opportunities be guaranteed for children and young people at risk of social exclusion? We analyze the current results and future challenges posed by comprehensive education inside and outside of the school. 

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