ERIC Number: EJ691757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Determinants of School Choice: Understanding How Parents Choose Elementary Schools in Alberta
Journal of Education Policy, v19 n4 p387-405 Jan 2004
Rational choice theory suggests that parents are utility maximizers who make decisions from clear value preferences, that they are able to demand effective action from local schools and teachers, and that they can be relied upon to pursue the best interests of their children. This paper presents a different perspective and argues that parents invest a mixture of rationalities when selecting schools. Based on the results of a survey of 1,500 parents of students in 11 private, eight public and 10 alternative elementary schools in Alberta, Canada, this paper explores the logic, values, and concerns that inform parental decision making in the selection of an elementary school for their children and discusses implication for policy and educational reform.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Socioeconomic Status, School Choice, Elementary Schools, Educational Policy, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Decision Making
Customer Services for Taylor & Francis Group Journals, 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420 (Toll Free); Fax: 215-625-8914.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada