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The limits to parental decision making under conditions of constrained choice

Tim Butler, Chris Hamnett, Sadiq Mir and Mark Ramsden

in Ethnicity, class and aspiration

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426512
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426512.003.0006
The limits to parental decision making under conditions of constrained choice

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This chapter considers the limits to choice and the highly constrained nature of parental decision making in East London, England, during the period from the 1970s to 2000s. It describes the policy context and the way in which both Labour and the Conservatives have played up choice. The chapter shows that some popular schools are only able to offer places to pupils living very nearby, whereas the less-popular schools are allocated pupils from a much wider area. It also examines what parents look for in a good school.

Keywords: choice; parental decision making; East London; England; political parties; good school

Chapter.  15648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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