A Model For Studying Parental Choice of Secondary School

Year: 1993

Author: Seiffert, Murray

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

It is surprising that, although there is widespread political desire to give parents a wider choice of schools for their children, comparatively little research has been focussed upon the process of parental decision-making. This paper outlines a model for decision-making derived from a study of a set of parents who were choosing a secondary school for their children.

This model has three sets of dimensions arising from the following questions:
a. ‘What was the process of making a decision?’
b. What are the externally-imposed limitations upon the number of schools available.
c. Which criterion influenced the choice of one school over another school.

This model is used to give meaning to the data gathered in a qualitative study based in Melbourne.