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Local links, local knowledge : choosing care settings and schools

Vincent, Carol and Braun, Annette and Ball, Stephen (2010) Local links, local knowledge : choosing care settings and schools. British Educational Research Journal, 36 (2). pp. 279-298. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

This paper draws on data from two recently completed ESRC-funded projects in order to examine class differences and similarities around choice of school and choice of childcare. We argue here that there is every reason to believe that in many circumstances, within its particular mechanisms and practices, choice produces specific and pervasive forms of inequity.The processes by which working class parents in one study chose care settings and schools could be seen as less skilled, less informed, less careful than the decision-making of many of the middle class respondents. However, this is not an argument we advance, noting instead that the practices and meanings of choice are subject to significant social, cultural and economic variations in terms who gets to choose, who gets their choices, and what, how and why people choose when they are able to. We argue here that there are alternative sets of priorities in play for our working class respondents, involving attachments to the communal and the local.

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Additional Information: This paper reports on the findings of two ESRC funded projects on the engagements and experiences of middle and working class families with care and education systems. The paper focuses on the differences between middle and working class families in their choice of childcare and then considers how the working class respondent families chose schools. The paper asserts that values of familiarity, communality and proximity are key to the choices of working class families, although these are not recognised in policy which assumes the individualised maximisation of self interest in choice making. This is an electronic version of an article published in Vincent, Carol and Braun, Annette and Ball, Stephen (2010) Local links, local knowledge: choosing care settings and schools. British Educational Research Journal, 36 (2). pp. 279-298. British Educational Research Journal is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920902919240
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education Foundations and Policy Studies
IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 10:40
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:13
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/4285

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