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, doi: 10.1080/00220620.2013.730506.
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.
Field of Research
130305 Educational Counselling
Socio Economic Objective
930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
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