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ERIC Number: EJ981714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
"The Best School for My Child?" Positions, Dispositions and Inequalities in School Choice in the City of Barcelona
Alegre, Miquel Angel; Benito, Ricard
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v33 n6 p849-871 2012
This article deals with the discourses and practices employed by families involved in school choice processes in the city of Barcelona (Spain). It draws upon a study conducted by the authors in 2008/09, and it is based on surveys completed by a representative sample made up of 3245 families, as well as 60 in-depth interviews with families with children at the age of commencing universal pre-primary education (three years old). Firstly, the article focuses on the types of concerns and pressures that families experience when choosing a school for their child. Secondly, we analyse the level and type of knowledge that parents have at their disposal about the field of school choice, as well as how they use and benefit from available information channels. Finally, we identify three unequal positions in which families find themselves when negotiating the field of school choice: "maximising", "guaranteeing" and "displaced". These positions are, in turn, directly related to families' locations in the social structure, which are also unequal. (Contains 3 notes, 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Barcelona)