School Choice

Kirstine Hansen and Anna Vignoles

in Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424761
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301790 | DOI:
School Choice

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This chapter provides new information from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) to examine the extent to which parents do actually choose the schools their children attend, as opposed to simply enrolling them in their local school. It also explores how successful parents are in securing their first choice of school and the reasons for their choice. It examines the academic studies on school choice, before moving on to describe how the MCS data are particularly well suited to considering questions about school choice. It then describes the extent of school choice in the cohort, and describes the most common reasons why parents choose the schools they do.

Keywords: MCS; schools; school choice; cohort; parents

Chapter.  6038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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