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Ida Gran Andersen

CREO Research Visitor; Ph.D. Fellow from University of Copenhagen and SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research

Ida Gran Andersen is a Ph.D. fellow from University of Copenhagen and SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research. She received her B.A. and M.A. degree in Sociology from University of Copenhagen. Before studying sociology, she also obtained a B.A. in Educational Studies/Pedagogy from University of Copenhagen.

Andersen’s work studies the causes and consequences of educational inequality. In her dissertation “Learning Opportunities in the Classroom: Family Resources, Institutional Contexts and Educational Success” she investigates if and how schools and teachers contribute to inequality though the stratification of learning opportunities. Andersen’s research interests include education, instructional strategies and teacher effectiveness, social stratification, cultural capital and inequality of educational opportunity. In particular she is interested in how institutional contexts, such as school and classroom organization and practices, alter social reproduction dynamics.

She is currently working on projects analyzing institutional mechanisms of educational inequality. In one project (with Simon Calmar Andersen, Aarhus University), she is studying how student-centered instruction increase inequality of educational opportunity. Another project (with Mads Meier Jæger, University of Copenhagen/SFI) studies heterogeneous returns to cultural capital across schooling environments. Finally, a third project investigates whether differences in instructional strategies between male and female teachers can explain a same-gender teacher advantage on students’ academic achievement.