Who Is Afraid of School Choice?

Diem, Andrea Susanne; Wolter, Stefan C. (2013). Who Is Afraid of School Choice? Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss journal of sociology / Revue suisse de sociologie, 39(1), pp. 57-80. Seismo Press

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This study uses survey data to investigate attitudes among Swiss voters to different models offering more freedom of choice in the educational system. There is a clear opposition to the use of taxpayer money to fund private schools, while free choice between public schools seems to appeal to a majority. The opinions appear to be based on a rational calculation of personal utility. For both types of choice, approval rates are lower for middle to high-income groups and individuals with a teaching qualification. Furthermore, residents of small to medium-sized towns are opposed to more school choice. On the support side, approval rates for private school choice are higher among parents of school-age children and residents in urban areas. The results also indicate differences between the country's language regions, attributable to intercultural differences in what people consider the role of the state.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Wolter, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0379-3664

Publisher:

Seismo Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

06 Feb 2014 08:27

Last Modified:

12 Nov 2019 15:10

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.40291

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/40291

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