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Families' limited cultural capital can hinder social mobility for their school-age childern and 'doom' them to a particular educational path. Academic performance being comparable, the chances of continuing studies in high school (grades 10 and 11) after nine years of secondary school are unequal for teenagers from families of different socioeconomic status. While children of well-educated and affluent parents usually go on to high school and then to college, their peers from working-class families often switch to vocational school despite good academic performance, thus maintaining socioeconomic inequality.
The first article of the current issue of HERB journal, published by the HSE in March, is "Authentic Improvement: A Case for Flexible Faculty Evaluation Policies” by Alexander M. Sidorkin, Dean of Institute of Education.
Dr. Werner Binder of Masaryk University, Czech Republic, a specialist in cultural sociology, has been in collaboration with the HSE Institute of Education for a couple of years. During his visit to Moscow two years ago, Dr. Binder gave public lectures and headed a workshop at the IoE. In the interview, he dwells on the participation in the IoE project “Trajectories in Education and Career”, as well as his cooperation with Dmitry Kurakin, Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education.
The Institute of Education has taken part in the organization of SERU symposium, themed “Data-driven improvement of student experience at research universities in Asia”, that was held in Shanghai in January.
Manager and postgraduate student of the Institute of Education took part in a workshop, organized by the Center for Evaluation & Monitoring of the University of Durham last December, to study foreign experience in assessment of elementary education quality.
On 4th - 7th November the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, ASHE took place in Denver, Colorado. Incorporated in 1976 ASHE is the oldest professional association in higher education studies and has more than 2,000 members, mostly Americans.