Education as a Social Elevator
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.
The Social Elevator
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.
Skills Acquisition in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Students
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?
“To reduce inequality, we have to do more in early childhood”
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.
Towards More Inclusive Education: From Multiple Intelligences to a Passion for Learning
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.
Structure of the Education System
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?
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.
Early Childhood Education
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.
Education and Immigration
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
Education and Salaries
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.
Occupation and Salary Gap
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.
"la Caixa" Pro-Childhood Programme
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.