1st Edition

Choice and Diversity in Schooling
Perspectives and Prospects




ISBN 9780415139786
Published January 11, 1997 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This volume provides a unique insight into current understanding of a range of issues central to any analysis and evaluation of market-like systems in schooling, including:
* Diversity and hierarchy amongst schools
* Parental criteria for choosing schools
* The differential impact on advantaged and disadvantaged families
* National and international variations in educational policies
* Rules and practices concerning school admissions
Implications for future research and for educational policy are highlighted and the final chapter provides an overview of key themes and issues. This book will interest all those involved in educational policy, researchers, students, headteachers and other senior managers in schools.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Diversity, Differentiation and Hierarchy: School Choice and Parental Preferences 3. Marketing Quality: Traditional and Modern Versions of Educational Excellence 4. School System Responses to External Change: Implications for Parental Choice of Schools 5. Opting into the Past? Grant Maintained Schools and the Reinvention of Tradition 6. Schools Responsiveness to Parents' Views at Key Stage One 7. Parental Involvement and School Choice: Israel and the United States 8. Parental Choice and Special Education 9. The Impact of Competition on Secondary Schools 10. The Education Market, Labour Relations in Schools and Teacher Unionism in the UK 11. Policies for School Choice: What can Britain Learn from Abroad? 12. Admissions to Schools: A Study of Local Education Authorities 13. Changing Admissions Policies and Practices in Inner London: Implications for Policy and Future Research 14. Review and Implications

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Reviews

'A very useful book for all those interested in the issue of parental choice and how the so-called market has affected schools ... I would certainly recommend the book to readers.' - Educational Management and Administration

'This book will undoubtedly help to shape the future research agenda and should cause policy-makers to reflect carefully.' - British Journal of Educational Studies

'This is a very useful book for all those interested in the issue of parental choice and how the so-called market has affected schools ... I would certainly recommend the book to readers.' Educational Management & Administration

'Glatter, Woods and Bagley have produced an outstanding collection which will become a key reader for students, researchers and policy-makers.' - Journal of Education and Work

'I would strongly recommend this book to fellow researchers in this field. To have accounts from a number of important pieces of research together in one volume is interesting and instructive in itself - and the conciseness which contributors brought to each account is impressive - but the conceptual analysis offered by, amongst others, Glatter et al., Halpin et al., Levin and Riffel, Evans and Vincent are stimulating and helpful in developing our thinking.' - British Journal of Educational Studies

'This is a very useful book for all those interested in the issue of parental choice and how the so-called market has affected schools ... I would certainly recommend the book to readers as it provides an interesting picture of the current position across a range of countries.' - Educational Management and Administration, April 1998