ERIC Number: EJ1098359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Interest, Not Preference: Dewey and Reframing the Conceptual Vocabulary of School Choice
Wilson, Terri S.
Educational Theory, v66 n1-2 p147-163 Apr 2016
School choice positions parents as consumers who select schools that maximize their preferences. This account has been shaped by rational choice theory. In this essay, Terri Wilson contrasts a rational choice framework of "preferences" with John Dewey's understanding of "interest." To illustrate this contrast, she draws on an example of one parent's school decision-making process. Dewey's concept of interest offers an alternative conceptual vocabulary attentive to the complex, value-laden, and evolving process of choosing a school. Her analysis considers how schools might not just appeal to the preexisting preferences of families, but might instead actively shape those interests to democratic ends.
Descriptors: School Choice, Social Theories, Models, Preferences, Decision Making, Parents, Parent Influence, Interests
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