Drop out from primary to secondary school in Mexico: A life course perspective
Dropout, Mexico, Educational transitions, Life course
Preventing school dropout is a critical feature of the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, as primary school enrollments become universal, dropout rates in Mexico near 50% by the end of formal schooling. Using a unique, nationally representative data set (Mexico Family Life Survey) we track children ages 5–11 in 2002 to the years 2005–2006 to determine how many have students have dropped out of school. We then apply a life-course perspective to determine if the influences of family, school and macro-factors interact with the child's level of schooling and the transition from primary to secondary school. We find that the transition to secondary school has the highest dropout rates. Rurality matters most during this transition. As family factors are the most predictive indicator of dropout, the family's influence is dynamic over time—the role of mother's education fades while the influence of an unemployed father grows.
Original Publication Citation
Gibbs, Benjamin G., and Tim B. Heaton. “Drop Out from Primary to Secondary School in Mexico: A Life Course Perspective” International Journal of Educational Development 36: 63-71.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gibbs, Benjamin G. and Heaton, Tim B., "Drop out from primary to secondary school in Mexico: A life course perspective" (2014). All Faculty Publications. 2855.
International Journal of Educational Development
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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