School sector variation on non-cognitive dimensions: Are non-public but publicly supported more effective?

S. Avram, J. Dronkers

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Denominational schooling makes up an important part of european educational systems. Given its specificity, denominational schooling can be expected to place a greater weight on values teaching and moral education. It also may be more successful in creating a warm and caring atmosphere, thus helping students to better emotionally connect to the school community. We compare public and publicly supported private (as a proxy to denominational) schools on 2 dimensions, namely the emotional integration with the rest of the school community and the concern and feelings of responsibility towards the environment. Except for austria, belgium, and spain, no evidence could be found that the type of the school has any impact on the reported psychological adaptation to the school. In these 3 countries, publicly supported private schools tend to be more successful in integrating their students. Also, students in public and private dependent schools were equally environment oriented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-139
JournalEducational Research and Evaluation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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