ERIC Number: EJ862159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
School Choice as a Bounded Ideal
Ben-Porath, Sigal R.
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v43 n4 p527-544 Nov 2009
School choice is most often viewed through the lens of provision: most of the debate on the issue searches for desirable ways to offer vouchers, scholarships or other tools that provides choice as a way to achieve equality and/or freedom. This paper focuses on the consumer side of school choice, and utilises behavioural economics as well as ethnographic and network studies to consider ways to structure choice which respond to actual cognitive and social processes of choice. These empirical studies give scholars and policy-makers who grapple with school choice a perspective that should affect the principled design of these programs as well as their execution. The paper considers the ways in which actual choice processes should affect current visions of school choice. It concludes with recommendations concerning the design of choice sets and the accessibility of information regarding choice, which together can assist school choice policies in better fulfilling their promise of equality and freedom.
Descriptors: Freedom, School Choice, Scholarships, Educational Vouchers, Equal Education, Policy Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Economics, Program Effectiveness, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Educational Trends, Educational Environment, Social Environment, Educational Principles, Educational Policy, Behavior Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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