Herzog-Punzenberger, Barbara; Schnell, Philipp
In: Stevens, Peter; Dworkin, Gary A. (Eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education. 2nd Edition. Volume 1. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 105-158.
Publication year: 2019

The goal of this chapter is to describe how researchers in Austria have studied ethnicity and educational inequality between 1980 and 2016 as well as critically assess the reasons for specific research activities and the lack thereof. Even today, Austria still lacks a systematic overview of research in the field of ethnicity/race and educational inequality. We highlight  five distinct research traditions on ethnicity/race and educational inequality in Austria: the political arithmetic tradition, the Family background tradition, the structures of educational systems tradition, the intercultural education and discrimination tradition, and the multilinguality tradition. We concentrate on their major focuses, methods, findings and implications for debates within this  field of inquiry. We conclude by summarizing and critically assessing the research traditions explored and provide suggestions for future research on the relationship between race/ethnicity and educational inequality in Austria.