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ERIC Number: ED504800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 252
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8739-2712-0
The Globalisation of School Choice?
Forsey, Martin, Ed.; Davies, Scott, Ed.; Walford, Geoffrey, Ed.
Symposium Books
"Which school should I choose for my child?" For many parents, this question is one of the most important of their lives. "School choice" is a slogan being voiced around the globe, conjuring images of a marketplace with an abundance of educational options. Those promoting educational choice also promise equality, social advantage, autonomy, and self-expression to families. But what does this globalisation of school choice actually look like on the ground? This collection brings together educationalists, anthropologists, and sociologists who use a rich array of empirical data to understand the complex realities of school choice across a range of political and social settings: in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, England, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Tanzania, and the United States. Together they show that, while the language of school choice has spread globally, it has done so unevenly across and within nations, and is always interpreted through local social and historical contexts. Neoliberal policy initiatives are re-shaping education systems in many nations, but in complex and varied ways. This collection shows that rather than eliminating equity concerns, they re-embed them within new frameworks of choice and accountability. This is an important book for those interested in comparative education, as well as the sociology and politics of schooling. Contents include: The Globalisation of School Choice? An Introduction to Key Issues and Concerns (Martin Forsey, Scott Davies and Geoffrey Walford); School Choice Research in the United States and Why it Doesn't Matter: The Evolving Economy of Knowledge Production in a Contested Policy Domain (Christopher Lubienski); School Choice as Concerted Cultivation: The Case of Canada (Scott Davies and Janice D. Aurini); No Choice but to Choose: Selecting Schools in Western Australia (Martin Forsey); School Choice in England: Globalisation, Policy Borrowing or Policy Corruption? (Geoffrey Walford); The Introduction of Controlled School Choice in Tel Aviv, Israel: An Attempt to Attain a Balance between Integration and Pluralism (Izhar Oplatka); School Choice and Quasi-State Monopoly in Education Systems in Latin America: The Case of Argentina (Mariano Narodowski); Cultivating Choice: The Invisible Hands of Educational Opportunity in Tanzania (Kristin D. Phillips and Amy Stambach ); Competition, Audit, Scientism and School Non-Choice in Rural China (Andrew Kipnis); School Choice in India: Disadvantaged Groups and Low-Fee Private Schools (Prachi Srivastava); Global-Local Dynamics in Expanding School Choice in Singapore (Lesley Vidovich and Yap Meen Sheng); and Japanese Shadow Education: The Consequences of School Choice (Julian Dierkes.) Contributor information is included.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Australia; Canada; China; India; Israel; Japan; Singapore; Tanzania; United States