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Portrait Mimmi Barmark. Photo: Emma Lord.

Mimmi Barmark

Senior Lecturer | Director of Studies

Portrait Mimmi Barmark. Photo: Emma Lord.

School choice and the Natural Science Program

Author

  • Mimmi Maria Barmark
  • Stefan Lund

Editor

  • Stefan Lund

Summary, in English

Abstract: In Chapter 3, written together with Mimmi
Barmark, we try to estimate the extent to which students’
choices are guided and restricted by structural and symbolic
boundaries, in order to point out the possible reasons for
school segregation between the different Natural Science
schools. The analysis is divided into seven steps and based
primarily not only on survey data, but also on interviews
with students with high enough grades to be accepted to
what we call “high-threshold” schools. Our results show that
it is not primarily previous school achievement that guides
and restricts students’ school choices; students’ feelings of
belonging are at least as important. Feelings of belonging
are particularly important for native-born Swedish students
who choose a high-threshold school, which leads us to the
interpretation that it is these members of this student group
who are the significant agents of self-segregation.

Department/s

  • Sociology

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

28-48

Publication/Series

School Choice, Ethnic Divisions, and Symbolic Boundaries

Document type

Book chapter

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Keywords

  • ethnicity
  • immigrant background
  • school segregation
  • school choice
  • Sociology of education
  • Sweden

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISBN: 9781137480064