Pioneering Policies and Practices Tackling Educational Inequalities in Europe (PIONEERED)

Research question/goal: 

PIONEERED looks at educational inequalities with a view to reduce them. The project aims to propose research-informed policy measures and to identify pioneering policies and practices to enhance access to, uptake and completion of education. PIONEERED relies on a multilevel framework that considers mechanisms and innovations related to the macro level (e.g. educational and social policies on country or sub-levels), meso level (e.g. school institutional settings, transition procedures) and micro level (e.g. teachers, students, parents). This comprises a special focus on how policies intentionally or unintentionally shape educational settings – including formal (e.g. schools) and informal (e.g. family and peer groups) environments – and how the interplay between institutional conditions and individual characteristics and actions of the children and young adults becomes a source of advantages and disadvantages at transition points and trajectories. The MZES is actively involved in the work package, which aims to carry out a cross-national comparative study of the emergence and reproduction of intersectional disadvantages/advantages in educational trajectories and transitions across all stages in formal and informal educational settings. We focus on the intersectionality of gender and migration.

Current stage: 

In 2022, we conducted original cross-national analyses of intersectional inequalities in educational outcomes along the dimensions of migration background, gender, and social origin and across various educational stages. In November, we presented our findings at the conference of the Luxembourg Educational Research Association (LuxERA) and summarized them in a report that is submitted to the EU Commission. Within the same work package, we further contributed to a scientific paper that explores intersectional inequalities in participation in shadow education. In another work package, we conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with stakeholders working in the area of educational inequality.

Fact sheet

EU Horizon2020
2020 to 2024
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Geographic Space: 
Germany and Europe