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 0305-764XFull text not available from this repository.
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.
|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|
|Deposited By:||Ms Margaret Calder|
|Deposited On:||24 Jul 2008 14:19|
|Last Modified:||26 Oct 2016 01:07|
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