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    Bottom of the class? The leaving certificate applied programme and track placement in the Republic of Ireland

    Byrne, Delma (2014) Bottom of the class? The leaving certificate applied programme and track placement in the Republic of Ireland. Irish Educational Studies, 33 (4). pp. 367-381. ISSN 0332-3315

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    Across many countries, young people are differentiated into academic and vocational tracks, a pattern that is closely related to their social class background. The Irish secondary system has been largely undifferentiated, but the introduction of a pre- vocational programme, the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), has brought an element of tracking into upper secondary education. This article explores whether allocation into the LCA track reflects processes similar to those highlighted in international research. It goes further than these studies by explicitly recognising the role of school organisation in influencing student ’ s learning careers and educational decisions. The purpose of this paper is to estimate the determinants of track placement in the Republic of Ireland. Using in-depth qualitative case study interviews with students from Irish post-primary schools, this paper examines the factors influencing students ’ decisions to enter the LCA programme. This paper explores the extent to which individual agency and school-level factors influence track choice by focusing on the learning careers of individual students within specific school contexts.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: tracking; student choice; inequality; educational trajectories;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8561
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    Depositing User: Delma Byrne
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 12:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Educational Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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