Enrolment in Mathematics and Physics at The Advanced Level in Secondary School Among Two Generations of Highly Skilled Immigrants

Sabina Lissitsa, Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin

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Abstract

This research focuses on enrolment in advanced level Mathematics and Physics in secondary school among first and second generations of Former Soviet Union immigrants and third generation Israeli-born Jews. The article made use of the Israeli Ministry of Education's database, which includes data on all students who finished their secondary education with a matriculation certificate in 2013. Our findings show the advantage of enrolment in Physics, which is perceived as the most difficult subject, among FSU immigrant students compared to the third generation of Israeli-born students. This advantage may be explained by their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)-related cultural capital. However, first-generation FSU students were less likely to be enrolled in advanced-level Mathematics compared to third-generation Jews. These findings may emphasize the role of the Israeli education system as a gatekeeper in entering more prestigious Mathematics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-234
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Migration
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2019

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