Dr Markus Klein

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Markus Klein is a Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education Policy in the School of Education. He previously was a research fellow for the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) at the University of Edinburgh (2013-2015) and, in 2013, completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Mannheim. He is a Life Course Research Affiliate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, University of Queensland. Using quantitative methods and secondary data analysis, his research deals with the mechanisms for social inequality across the life course. Together with Dr Edward Sosu (Strathclyde) he recently commenced an ESRC funded research into the role of school absenteeism in the poverty-attainment gap. He is the Course Leader for the MEd Education Studies (part-time). For more information see his webpage. He supervises in the areas of educational inequality, social mobility, education policy, returns to education, comparative research and child development.


Socioeconomic Inequalities in School Attendance in Scotland : Research Brief
Klein Markus, Goodfellow Claire, Dare Shadrach, Sosu Edward
An exploration of teacher learning through reflection from a sociocultural and dialogical perspective : professional dialogue or professional monologue?
Huang Alan, Klein Markus, Beck Anna
Professional Development in Education (2020)
Mapping inequalities in school attendance : the relationship between different dimensions of socioeconomic status and forms of school absence
Klein Markus, Sosu Edward, Dare Shadrach
Parental education, television exposure, and children's early cognitive, language and behavioral development
Kühhirt Michael, Klein Markus
Social Science Research Vol 86 (2020)
Social origin, field of study, and graduates' career progression : does social inequality vary across fields?
Jacob Marita, Klein Markus
British Journal of Sociology Vol 70, pp. 1850-1873 (2019)
School absenteeism and academic achievement : Is missing-out on school more detrimental to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds?
Dare Shadrach, Sosu Edward, Klein Markus
Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (2019)

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School absenteeism and educational attainment: Is missing-out on school more detrimental to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds?
Who is Missing Out on School? Exploring Socioeconomic Inequalities in School Absenteeism
Who is Missing Out on School? The Role of School Absenteeism in the Poverty Related Attainment Gap
Institutional prestige, social origin and UK graduates’ career trajectories
Direct and Indirect Effects of Grandparent Education on Grandchildren’s Cognitive Development: A Prospective Mediation Analysis
The social stratification of early TV consumption and children’s cognitive, language and behavioural development

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Family background and educational attainment: An investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism
Klein, Markus (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Nurturing School Ethos to Improve Educational Attainment
Cassidy, Claire (Principal Investigator) Holmes, Joanna (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
School and University Research Enquiry
Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator) Firth, Jonathan William (Co-investigator) Beck, Anna (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Donohoe, Claire (Co-investigator) McGavigan, Hilary (Co-investigator) Martin, Phil (Co-investigator)
The School and University Research Enquiry project (SURE) aims to bridge the gap between education research and practice. It will investigate the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the ‘what works’ agenda in terms of specific school interventions. In April 2017, the Scottish Government published their Research Strategy for Scottish Education, which stressed the need for a focus on “increasing the levels of collaboration and communication between all actors within the education system". SURE is contributing to this goal via a school-university collaborative study exploring Headteachers’ relationship with
research and gaining an understanding of their choices of interventions employed in their schools, with reference to PEF funding. Researchers on the project represent two Glasgow schools as well as the University of Strathclyde.
Child Development in a Dynamic Family Context
Klein, Markus (Principal Investigator) Kühhirt, Michael (Principal Investigator)
Goal: Assessing the impact of dynamic aspects of family context, such as maternal employment, residential area, and family structure on children's developmental outcomes. Using biostatistical methods to account for complex temporal and causal interdependencies between different context factors.

Methods: marginal structural models, group based trajectory analysis, inverse probability of treatment weighting, sequence analysis, directed acyclic graphs, regression with residuals

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