In Pursuit of Equity in Education

Using International Indicators to Compare Equity Policies

  • Walo Hutmacher
  • Douglas Cochrane
  • Norberto Bottani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Walo Hutmacher
    Pages 1-22
  3. Theoretical Approaches and Conceptual Issues

    1. Luciano Benadusi
      Pages 25-64
    2. Marc Demeuse, Marcel Crahay, Christian Monseur
      Pages 65-91
    3. Denis Meuret
      Pages 93-111
    4. Douglas Cochrane
      Pages 113-130
  4. Equity Indicators: A Framework, a Rationale and Current Perspectives

  5. International Comparisons on Equity Issues

    1. Vincent Vandenberghe, Vincent Dupriez, Marie-Denise Zachary
      Pages 243-250
    2. Vincent Vandenberghe
      Pages 267-275
    3. Sylvain Noël, Patrice de Broucker
      Pages 277-296
  6. National Policies and the use of Indicators

    1. Anna Wildt-Persson, Gunnar Per Rosengren
      Pages 299-321
    2. Kurt Dewitt, Peter Van Petegem
      Pages 323-341
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-378

About this book


Equity in education is a major policy concern everywhere. But there are significant differences among nations with respect to definitions and issues of equality and equity. While international comparison could help countries learn from each other, reliable tools for comparison are scarce.
In this book an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars makes a compelling case for better international equity indicators in education. A conceptual framework for a system of comparable indicators is proposed and a spectrum of findings and perspectives presented. This opens a dialogue on the definition, value and use of equity indicators across nations and over time. Topics include: the sociology of equality and equity in education; the application of theories of justice to educational equity; the trade-off between effectiveness and equity; heterogeneous versus homogeneous classrooms; the influence of parental education; and the economics and demographics of metropolitan communities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Walo Hutmacher
    • 1
  • Douglas Cochrane
    • 2
  • Norberto Bottani
    • 3
  1. 1.University of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Services InstituteAmerican Institutes for Research/Education StatisticsWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Service de la Recherche en ÉducationDépartement de l’Instruction Publique GenèveSwitzerland

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