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Gender and school choice: factors influencing parents when choosing single-sex or co-educational independent schools for their children

Jackson, C. and Bisset, M. (2005) Gender and school choice: factors influencing parents when choosing single-sex or co-educational independent schools for their children. Cambridge Journal of Education, 35 (2). pp. 195-211. ISSN 0305-764X

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Abstract

This paper explores factors influencing parents' choices of single-sex or co-educational schools in the independent sector. In doing so, it explores two relatively under-researched aspects of school choice by focusing upon gender and upon the middle classes. The paper draws upon research conducted in three independent schools—a boys' school, a girls' school and a co-educational school. Data were generated via questionnaires (225 responses) and semi-structured interviews (15 sets of parents). The findings suggest that the reputation and exam results of schools are key features guiding parents' school choices. However, whether a school is single-sex or co-educational is an important factor for many parents. Furthermore, the long-held view that single-sex education has advantages (especially academic) for girls, whilst co-education has advantages (especially social) for boys, still prevails.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cambridge Journal of Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 10816
Deposited By: Ms Margaret Calder
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2008 14:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 15:58
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10816

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