Gewirtz: Parental choice
Marketisation benefits the middle class by creating inequalities between schools, by increasing parental choice, marketisation also benefits parents whose wealth and cultural capital puts them in a better position to choose 'good' schools.
- Gewirtz study of 14 London secondary schools.
- Differences in how far they can exercise choice of secondary school.
- 3 main types of parents
- Privileged-skilled workers
- Disconnected-local choosers
- Semi-skilled choosers
- Mainly middle class professional workers who used their economic and cultural capital to gain educational capital for their children.
- Able to take full advantage of the choices open to them, understood how school admissons work, had the time to visit schools and research options available