How parental and school responses to choice policies reconfigure a rural education market in Victoria, Australia

Morgan, Rosemary and Blackmore, Jill 2013, How parental and school responses to choice policies reconfigure a rural education market in Victoria, Australia, Journal of educational administration and history, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 84-109.

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Title How parental and school responses to choice policies reconfigure a rural education market in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Morgan, Rosemary
Blackmore, Jill
Journal name Journal of educational administration and history
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 84
End page 109
Total pages 26
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 0022-0620
1478-7431
Keyword(s) school choice
school responses
parental responses
rural education markets
policy sociology
Summary Market principles now dominate the education and social policies of many Anglophone countries, including Australia, but articulate differentially within specific contexts. Existing historical legacies, local economic and social conditions, and geographical settings interact with federal and state funding and transport policies to shape the nature of regional education markets and the choices families make in a rural school market in Australia. Through two school case studies, this article explores the effects of policy shifts on parental choice and student movement within a regional Victorian community. Informed by policy sociology, the article views the policy as a dynamic, often ad hoc process with contradictory effects. It indicates how an ensemble of federal and state funding and conveyancing policies enable some schools to develop marketing practices that reconstruct the local education market to their advantage through the introduction of transport and flexi-boarding policies. It demonstrates that education markets are not confined to urban settings and that while choice is not a new phenomenon in this rural area, federal and state funding and transport policies have reconfigured local markets and intensified the market work undertaken by schools and parents with, in this instance, unequal effects on the provision of schooling in a rural region.
Language eng
Field of Research 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051655

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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