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Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)The first five years$
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Kirstine Hansen, Heather Joshi, and Shirley Dex

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424761

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.001.0001

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Intergenerational inequality in Early Years assessments

Intergenerational inequality in Early Years assessments

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(p.152) (p.153) Nine Intergenerational inequality in Early Years assessments
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Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)
Author(s):

Jo Blanden

Stephen Machin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.003.0009

This chapter uses data from the MCS to provide some new empirical evidence on the extent to which one measure of parental background, family income, is correlated with two child outcomes, cognitive vocabulary ability and behavioural outcomes. It undertakes an analysis which considers the magnitude of age 3 and 5 test score gaps and gaps in behavioural outcomes by family income group. It also uses these data to describe the dynamics of child achievement and behaviour between these ages. It explores cross-cohort comparisons, comparing the MCS findings with those from earlier birth cohort studies. It offers a brief and necessarily highly selective description of relevant literature followed by a description of the data and the sample selections it adopts for empirical analysis. It presents new evidence on the inequality of early age child cognitive and behavioural outcomes, examines the early age dynamics of child achievement and behaviour, and presents conclusions.

Keywords:   MCS, parental background, family income, cognitive vocabulary ability, behavioural outcomes, child achievement, cross-cohort comparisons, inequality

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