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ERIC Number: EJ910756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
The Power of Positional Competition and Market Mechanism: An Empirical Study of Parental Choice of Junior Middle School in Nanning, P. R. China
Wu, Xiaoxin
Research Papers in Education, v26 n1 p79-104 Mar 2011
School choice has been actively exercised by mostly middle class parents and "key" schools in many places in China, each obtaining what they want: school places and funds, respectively. The aims of this study were to explore the impact of positional competition in school choice and explore the effect of market mechanisms in the resulting school choice process. There has been little empirical research into school choice in China and this represents a first step. A descriptive survey was distributed to 224 parents from one "key" school and 206 of whom returned the form. Follow-up interviews with eight parents and the headteacher of the sample school were conducted. The 68% of the school choice participants were professionals and public servants; the income of 69% of the participants is above or well above the average income of the locals; 61% of the participants indicated they had or were expected to spend over 30,000 Japanese Yen for their child's three-year study; 79% of the participants had spent 3000-15,000 Japanese Yen for their child's after-school activities. The results of the study suggest that the most active participants of school choice are the middle class parents and the key schools. The substantial amount of choice fee has either created a financial burden on those working class families or effectively closed the door of school choice to them. (Contains 1 table and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China