Markets, Choice and Equity in Education

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What has been the impact of parental choice and competition upon schools? How do parents choose schools for their children? Who are the winners and losers in the education market? These questions are discussed in this book, which draws upon a three-year study of market forces in education. The authors examine the complexities of parental choice and school responses to the introduction of market forces in education. Particular attention is paid to issues of opportunity and equity. Patterns of access and involvement related to gender, ethnicity and social class are identified. This book highlights the specificity and idiosyncrasies of local education markets. However, it also offers a systematic theorization of the education market, its operation and consequences. It is intended for students on BEd and Masters courses in education, headteachers and senior managers in schools, and policy analysts.

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"...a book which deserves to be widely read. Every academic course which discusses education policy should adopt it." - Education Today and Tomorrow "...eminently readable." - Social Policy "...a valuablecontribution to our understanding of how the market-oriented reforms of the Conservative Government are affecting schools and parents." - British Journal of Educational Studies "This is an excellent book...It is a 'must read.' " - British Educational Research Journal

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