Education is of great importance for personal development and the flourishing of talent. Education is a broad field, extending from primary to university education, from short courses to programmes lasting several years, from preschool and early-school education to lifelong learning. The government provides most of the funding for education and also monitors its quality.
Primary and secondary education
SCP's research concentrates mainly on primary and secondary education, and to a lesser extent vocational education and training. Themes covered include school selection motives; parental participation; the relationship between upbringing and education; quality of education; the views of teachers about their work; and the social assignment of the school. In addition, SCP looks at the school careers of pupils, basic qualifications, school dropout and educational disadvantage.
SCP obtains data from policy sources and literature research, and also carries out surveys of relevant stakeholders: pupils, parents, teachers and school boards. In addition, SCP draws on data supplied by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Large number of studies
A number of other research institutes and agencies carry out research into education besides SCP. The Education Council of the Netherlands, for example, evaluates government policy in relation to education. The Research Centre for Education and the Labour market (ROA) provides information on the educational labour market, while bodies such as the Groningen Institute for Educational Research (GION) and the Kohnstamm Instituut carry out research on the school careers of pupils. They also regularly publish the results of studies of different aspects of education, as do the research bureaus Regioplan and Research voor Beleid.
Research at SCP
The Education, Minorities and Methodology research sector carries out education research at SCP. You will find information on recent studies and publications here. Education appears as a standard topic in many SCP publications, such as The Social State of the Netherlands (De Sociale Staat van Nederland) and the Social and Cultural Report (Sociaal Cultureel Rapport). Publications focusing on specific target groups generally also contain details of their educational position; examples include the Emancipation Monitor (Emancipatiemonitor) and the Annual Report on Integration (Jaarrapport Integratie).