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ERIC Number: ED557115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 225
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ISBN: 978-1-3211-2170-4
The Intransitivity of Educational Preferences
Smith, Debra Candace
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alabama State University
This study sought to answer the question of whether the existence of cycles in education are random events, or if cycles in education are likely to be expected on a regular basis due to intransitive decision-making patterns of stakeholders. This was a quantitative study, modeled after two previously conducted studies (Davis, 1958/59; May, 1954), and based on the historical presence of cycles in educational policy. Using rational choice theory as a basis, an experiment was conducted to test the axiom of transitivity (A > B > C B > C > A). A review of historical literature of the cycle of desegregation provided a basis for the concern, and the quantitative analysis determined the likelihood of transitive or intransitive decisions from members of the general education population, both individually and as a group. Overall results revealed a range of high percentages of transitivity (91.8% to 100%) and low percentages of intransitivity (0% to 8.2%). Socially, a transitive decision pattern emerged instead of the intransitive pattern expected based on the literature (Goldfinger, 2004; Hansson & Grune-Yanoff , 2011). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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