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Sessione 11 - Rethinking educational poverty from a sociological perspective: indicators, measurements and approaches

Coordinatori / Coordinatrici di sessione: Antonio de Falco (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Enrica Morlicchio (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Jonathan Pratschke (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

In recent decades, educational poverty (EP) and its measurement have emerged as one of the most critical and important topics in the international scientific debate. Given its role in producing social inequalities, several disciplines have addressed the topic, attempting to delimit the perimeter of EP and to define methods for its analysis. However, despite many efforts made by scholars, there is no common consensus on how to define and measure EP, mainly due to its internal complexity and multidimensionality.

Mostly, four different main problems emerge: EP is frequently associated with pedagogical and individual performances in educational achievement; the targeting of the population (i.e. which age group should be considered?); sociological reflection to understand the main mechanisms behind the phenomenon is not fully developed; finally, the existence of multiple definitions of EP may affect the possibility of measuring and collecting data on the same phenomenon.

In the Italian case, the first attempt to define and measure EP was made by the NGO Save the Children, followed by the proposals of a team of researchers from the University of Pisa, the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), and Con i Bambini impresa sociale, a third sector organization. However, despite the significant progress made in the study of EP, there is still work to be done to achieve a shared definition and accurate measurement of the phenomenon.


Accepted paper:

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