Private tutoring and social equity in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina: a comparative qualitative study

Jokić, Boris and Soldo, Andrea and Ristić Dedić, Zrinka (2013) Private tutoring and social equity in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina: a comparative qualitative study. In: Private tutoring across the Mediterranean: power dynamics and implications for learning and equity. Comparative and International Education : A Diversity of Voices (25). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 11-27. ISBN 978-94-6209-235-8 & 978-94-6209-236-5 (Print, ppb & hbk), 978-94-6209-237-2 (Online)

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Empirical evidence from various social and educational contexts suggests that private tutoring (PT) services are more accessible to pupils from families of higher socio-economic status. This, in turn, might reflect and/or exacerbate both social and educational inequalities, an outcome that has been shown through previous research in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The present paper aims to explore educational stakeholders’ perspectives on the differences in patterns of PT use by pupils from different socio-economic backgrounds. Secondly, it aims to explore the relevance educational stakeholders assign to the issue of social equity related to PT and their willingness and capacity to address this issue. Data were collected using individual semi-structured interviews and focus groups with selected educational stakeholders. Criterion and purposive sampling were used to identify educational stakeholders from governmental, political, professional, parental, educational, media and academic spheres. The findings indicate that, in both countries, social equity issues associated with PT are mainly related to differences in the quality, frequency, continuity and purpose of PT services. Issues of social equity, as they relate to PT, emerged as a marginal issue. In addition, the findings from both countries indicate a lack of readiness and ability amongst educational stakeholders to adequately deal with and address the issue. The findings also revealed a substantial homogeneity of perspectives between and within both countries.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Private tutoring, equity issues, access to PT, affordability of PT
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 11:04

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