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Original Title
Equality of opportunity and equality of outcome
Parallel titleEnakost moznosti in enakost rezultatov
SourceCEPS Journal 6 (2016) 2, S. 9-24
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Keywords (German)Chancengleichheit; Bildungspolitik; Gerechtigkeit; Soziale Herkunft; Soziale Ungleichheit; Schulerfolg; Schüler; Lernbedingungen; Coleman, James Samuel
sub-disciplineEducational Sociology
Organisation of Education, Educational Planning, Educational Legislation
Document typeArticle (journal)
Year of creation
review statusPeer-Reviewed
Abstract (English):The report on the findings of extensive empirical research on equality of educational opportunities carried out in the US on a very large sample of public schools by Coleman and his colleagues has had a major impact on education policy and has given rise to a large amount of research and various interpretations. However, as some interpreters have highlighted, even more important than the findings of the survey themselves has been Coleman’s redefinition of equality of opportunity, abandoning the then prevailing conception of equality of educational opportunities as equality of starting points and replacing it with the concept of equality of educational opportunities as equality of educational outcomes. The question is, therefore, whether equality of outcomes really is one of the two types of equality of opportunity. The purpose of the present article is to show that equality of opportunity and equality of outcomes are two different types of equality. If they are different, the interpretation that Coleman has redefined the concept of “equality of educational opportunity” turns out to be incorrect. (DIPF/Orig.)
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Date of publication11.07.2016
Suggested CitationKodelja, Zdenko: Equality of opportunity and equality of outcome - In: CEPS Journal 6 (2016) 2, S. 9-24 - URN: urn:nbn:de:0111-pedocs-122918
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