SuccessThis research line addresses the study of the contemporary dynamics of educational success and failure, focusing on the explanatory factors underlying young people’s educational trajectories and their present and futures social and educational opportunities. The study of educational success and failure has been a prominent object of study of the Sociology of Education since its origins. Nevertheless there are still too many questions that remain open. The current high levels of early school leaving of educational systems worldwide, the existing dynamics of inclusion and exclusion within schools or the effect of social inequalities on students’ educational trajectories are some of the key elements unerlining the current importance, pertinence and relevance of this object of study within the sociology of education.

Some of the research questions addressed under this research line are the following ones:

1. Which are the patterns of inequality featuring different educational systems? How is educational supply structured and how does it impact on inequality of educational opportunities?

2. Which is the role of primary and secondary schools to understand the contemporary dynamics of educational inclusion and exclusion? Which is the relationship between the schools’ organisational practices (forms of streaming, politics of grade retention, etc.) and the patterns of inequality? Which are the effects of teachers’ expectations on young people’s opportunities?

3. Which is the impact of the classic inequality axis (social class, gender and ethnicity) in young people’s educational experiences, decisions and trajectories? How these variables interact?