Do migrant girls perform better than migrant boys? Deviant gender differences between the reading scores of 15-year-old children of migrants compared to native pupils

Prof. Jaap Dronkers, Maastricht University

In this paper, we analyse the gender differences between the educational performance of 15-year-old children of migrants from specific regions of origin countries living in different destination countries with the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 wave. We study whether this gender difference of migrant pupils deviates from the gender difference between the native pupils in their destination country. We analyse the educational performance of 16,612 daughters and 16,804 sons of migrants in destination countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. We distinguish 62 origin countries and 12 origin areas in 30 destination countries. Female migrant pupils have both higher reading and math scores than comparable male migrant pupils, and these gender differences among migrant pupils are larger than among comparable native pupils. Parental socioeconomic background has an equal effect on the educational performance of daughters of migrants and on that of sons of migrants. The variation in educational performance by region of origin is, however, not clearly related to the poverty or traditionalism of regions.

About the speaker
Jaap Dronkers was born in Amsterdam in 1945 and studied sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam He has been head of Research of Education and Sociology at SISWO (1976–1986), Associate Professor of the Sociology of Education and Empirical Sociology at the Catholic University of Brabant in Tilburg (1986–1990), Chair in Educational Sciences (1990–1999), and Chair in Empirical Sociology (1999–2001) both at theUniversity of Amsterdam. Prof. Dronkers was Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Pedagogy of the University of Amsterdam (1994–1998) and visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development(1998–1999). From October 2001 until December 2009 he was Professor of Social Stratification and Inequality at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. From December 2009 he holds the chair international comparative research on educational performance and social inequality at the Maastricht University. Link to full bio:

Venue: Conference Rooom

Date: 13 November 2014

Time: 12:30 - 13:30