How and why do the outcomes of children from rich and poor families differ in the early and middle school years? This study is comparing these outcomes in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and placing these outcomes in the context of the social policy environments in these countries.
The project is testing whether the gradients present at school entry widen, hold constant, or diminish as children move through the early and middle school years. Data from four large cohort surveys of children are being used (including the LSAC study in Australia). For the initial results, see Too Many Children Left Behind.
Australian Research Council - Discovery Program