FES | Federación Española de Sociología

XII Congreso de la FES

How different education and training systems configure adult skills?

GT 13 Sociología de la Educación

Rosario Scandurra (Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Sociologia i Anàlisi de les Organitzacions, Copolis)
Jorge Calero (Universitat de Barcelona, IEB)


Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 2 : Factores sociales del logro escolar
Responsable(s): Begoña Zamora Fortuny (Universidad de La Laguna (Departamento de Sociología))
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: jueves, 30 de junio de 2016
Hora: 16:00 a 18:00
Lugar: 006

Investing in education seems to be the only chance to break into the global competition and meet the demand for an increasing skilled labour force. For this reason, there is a widespread interest in understanding the role of education in the skills formation process and the interrelation of multiple social factors that might be at play. In the social sciences, different approaches have focused on the education and skills and their social determinants and have claimed different underlying mechanisms. Following this literature, the research question of this paper aims at disentangling the channels through which skills are acquired, by focusing on the interrelation of multiple social spheres. In our framework, we refer to social factors or spheres as social status, education attainment, use of skills at work and use of skills at home. There is an extended literature which has focused either on the relationship between family background and education attainment and later social destination, or on the process of skills creation and use and the way to conceptualize the relationship between individual and skills. Our approach connects these two branches of literature by analysing the interaction between these spheres. Moreover, we take into account all the mediating effects of education. We use a structural equation model and PIAAC data for the overall sample of OECD countries. Results shows that education is the most relevant factor in shaping skills, but all the latent factors in the model have a compelling impact on skills. Differences emerge between countries which are coherent to the education and training models.

Palabras clave: adults, skills, education, piaac