Against the Odds

Disadvantaged Students Who Succeed in School

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Many socio-economically disadvantaged students excel in PISA. Students who succeed at school despite a disadvantaged background -- resilient students -- are the focus of Against the Odds. The report shows that overcoming barriers to achievement is possible, and provides students, parents, policy makers and other education stakeholders insights into what enables socio-economically disadvantaged students to fulfil their potential. Resilient students are characterised by positive approaches to learning, for example, having more interest in science or having more self-confidence. The evidence in PISA shows that positive approaches to learning tend to boost the performance of advantaged students more than that of disadvantaged ones. From an equity perspective, therefore, policies aimed at fostering positive approaches to learning ought to target disadvantaged students more than others.



Closing the Gap?

Enhancing the Performance of Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Students

Chapters 2 and 3 analysed and compared different groups of socio-economically disadvantaged students defined by their performance on the PISA science scale. Chapter 2 classified them according to their performance and studied the main individual characteristics of two groups: resilient students (high achievers) and low achievers. Chapter 3 analysed whether differences in approaches to learning, hours spent and courses taken to learn science and in the types of schools disadvantaged students attend are associated with differences in performance and with an increased likelihood that disadvantaged students will be resilient.


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