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ERIC Number: ED433582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 26
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Single-Sex Teaching in Response to a Competitive Market: The Local Operation of a National Policy in England.
Bennett, Nigel
This paper examines the local operation of educational provision in a small English town. It is based on 771 surveys received from parents whose children went to four mixed schools in the town in 1995. The survey asked about the family situation, parents' degree of choice in selecting a school for their children, and the influence of single-sex teaching in making that choice. The survey addressed six questions, such as To what extent were differences to be found among the four schools in the factors influencing the parents' choice of that school? and To what extent were the pattern of responses consistent between social classes? The findings show that the factors influencing parental choice are complicated. The differences among parents' priorities in choosing schools were not so much ideological as they were derived from a complex mix of practical concerns and a wish to help their children. The results show that the location of a pupil's home was unimportant in terms of the attitudes expressed in the survey. Single-sex teaching was clearly a positive reason for choice far more often than it was a negative reason for rejecting a school. Although many factors contributed to school choice, relatively few of them were widely shared. (Contains four references and nine tables.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)