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The Australian middle class and education: a small-scale study of the school choice experience as framed by ‘My School’ within inner city families

Rowe, Emma E. and Windle, Joel 2012, The Australian middle class and education: a small-scale study of the school choice experience as framed by ‘My School’ within inner city families, Critical studies in education, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 137-151, doi: 10.1080/17508487.2012.672327.

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Title The Australian middle class and education: a small-scale study of the school choice experience as framed by ‘My School’ within inner city families
Author(s) Rowe, Emma E.ORCID iD for Rowe, Emma E. orcid.org/0000-0002-3747-8070
Windle, Joel
Journal name Critical studies in education
Volume number 53
Issue number 2
Start page 137
End page 151
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1750-8487
1750-8495
Summary With the launch of the ‘My School’ website in 2010, Australia became a relative latecomer to the publication of national school performance comparisons. This paper primarily seeks to explore the school choice experience as framed by ‘My School’ website, for participating middle-class families. We will draw on Bourdieusian theory of cultural capital and relationship networks and Australian-based school choice research in order to contribute to understandings regarding the application of ‘My School’ data within participating families. Data collection consisted of qualitative, semi-structured, in-depth interviews with five families, each based within inner-city suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. The findings of this small-scale study indicate that participating middle-class families possessed highly developed strategies for locating and achieving enrolment in school-of-choice and therefore did not seek to apply available data on ‘My School’ to decision-making, despite each participant reviewing the available data.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17508487.2012.672327
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074740

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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