Volume 63, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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Most research on factors influencing educational achievement uses large-scale quantitative methods and statistics that show that different ethnic groups do vary in their educational achievement or success.The authors present the outcomes of three comparable qualitative multiple case studies focussing upon factors that are known to relate to the variation in educational achievement within ethnic groups. So what characteristics differ systematically for high and low achieving pupils? The three central concepts seem to be socio-cultural characteristics, language proficiency and academic success.This leads the authors to raise the question: do we exactly know what these concepts refer to, and how can they be measured best?In all three studies, these concepts lead to differing definitions and interrelations. Further qualitative explorative research in this field might shed light on the essence of these complex concepts and make it possible to construct instruments to measure them in a reliable way, and thus contribute to our shared knowledge and understanding.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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