Evidence and ideology on consumer choices in education markets: An alternative analytical framework

Christopher Lubienski, Gregg Garn

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Abstract

The question of how information is used by parents in selecting schools is a central issue in school choice debates, where advocates and opponents frequently intermingle theory (often economic), ideological beliefs, and empirical evidence in constructing arguments about the potential of this reform. We employ a nomination strategy to analyze rational choice claims about information on school quality, finding a much more complex picture of this issue than is typically found in policy advocacy. We offer an alternative framework for evaluating consumer information on schools, concluding that researchers and policymakers must consider the nature, quality, and equitable distribution of information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalCurrent Issues in Education
Volume13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 16 2010

Keywords

  • Charter schools
  • Education reform
  • Parent information
  • School choice
  • Vouchers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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