Dr Kathryn Duckworth

    • PhD, MSc, BA
    • Research Fellow
    • Co-Investigator of the LSYPE
  • Faculty:
    • Faculty of Policy and Society
  • Department:
    • Department of Quantitative Social Science
  • Centre:
    • Centre for Longitudinal Studies
  • Summary:
    • My research broadly examines the pathways from childhood to adulthood and the intergenerational transmission of educational success. In particular, my interests lie in understanding the relative importance of early cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural skills in promoting success in education and the labour market. I have also carried out work on the educational and occupational choices made by young people during the transition to adulthood, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship.

      My PhD examined key features of development during the pre-school and primary years and their implication for later outcomes using three longitudinal birth cohorts. I was chiefly interested in the manifestation of educational inequalities through the school years and assessing how different contexts, such as the family and schools, interact to create them.

      I am Co-Investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) and am currently working with colleagues to develop the next stages of the study.
  • Research:
  • Professional Activities:
    • Research Associate, Centre for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood, University of Michigan.

      Member of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies and Society for Research in Child Development.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • Duckworth, K. (25th April, 2012). The educational and occupational experiences of London's youth: Evidence from the LSYPE. London Consultative Group, Institute of Education.

      Duckworth, K. (28th February, 2012). An overview of the LSYPE and what we've learnt about young people's participation. Presentation to Her Majesty's Treasury.

      Duckworth, K. (15th February, 2012). Beating the odds: The impact of economic recession on young people in the UK. Anglo-Finnish Conference on Transitions to Adulthood. Finnish Institute, London. 15 February, 2012.

      Duckworth, K. & Schoon, I. (27th September, 2011). Who becomes an entrepreneur? Early life experiences as predictors of entrepreneurship. Society for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies: Biennial Meeting • Bielefeld, Germany. September 26 - 28, 2011.
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • UK (Life Course Studies); UK (Education policy).
  • Languages Spoken:
    • English; German (Intermediate).
  • Languages Written:
    • English
Dr Kathryn Duckworth

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  • Department of Quantitative Social Science
    Institute of Education University of London
    20 Bedford Way
    London
    WC1H 0AL

Publications

  • Duckworth, K., Duncan, G.J., Kokko, K., Lyyra, A-L., Metzger, M. & Simonton, S. (2012) 'The relative importance of adolescent skills and behaviors for adult earnings: A cross-national study', Department of Quantitative Social Science Working Paper Series 2012-03, Institute of Education, University of London.
    Further information.

  • Duckworth, K. & Schoon, I. (2012) 'Beating the odds: Exploring the impact of social risk on young people's school-to-work transitions during recession in the UK', National Institute Economic Review 222, 222.
    Further information.

  • Obschonka, M., Duckworth, K., Schoon, I. & Silbereisen, R. (2012) 'Social competencies in adolescence and entrepreneurship in young adulthood: A two-study analysis', International Journal of Developmental Science 6, 137-150.
  • Siegler, R. S., Duncan, G.J., Davis-Kean, P.E., Duckworth, K., Claessens, A., Engel, M., Susperreguy, M. & Chen, M. (2012) 'Precursors of High School Mathematics Achievement', Psychological Science
  • Schoon, I. and Duckworth, K. (2012) 'Who becomes an entrepreneur? Early life experiences as predictors of entrepreneurship', Developmental Psychology 48(6), 1719-26.
  • Duncan, G.J., Bergman, L., Duckworth, K., Kokko, K., Lyyra, A-L., Metzger, M., Pulkkinen, L. & Simonton, S. (2012) 'The Role of Child Skills and Behaviors in the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality: A Cross-National Study' J. Ermisch, M. Jäntti and T. Smeeding (eds), From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Crawford, C., Duckworth, K., Vignoles, A. & Wyness, G. (2011) Young people's education and labour market choices aged 16 to 19. London: Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions.
    Further information.

  • Sabates, R.; Duckworth, K. & Feinstein, L. (2011) 'The impact of mothers' learning on their children academic performance at Key Stage 3: Evidence from ALSPAC', Oxford Review of Education. Vol. 37, No 4, pp. 485-504.
  • Ross, A.; Duckworth, K.; Smith, D.J.; Wyness, G. & Schoon, I. (2011) Prevention and Reduction: A review of strategies for intervening early to prevent or reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour. London: Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions.
    Further information
  • Schoon, I. & Duckworth, K. (2010) 'Leaving school early – and making it! Evidence from two British Birth Cohorts', European Psychologist. Vol. 15, No 4, pp. 283-292.