Who is able to choose? A meta-analysis and systematic review of the effects of family socioeconomic status on school choice

Ying jie Jheng, Chun wen Lin, Jason Chien chen Chang, Yuen kuang Liao*

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Abstract

Since the 1980s, educational systems worldwide have been influenced by neoliberal reforms. Some predicaments, however, have been on the rise. Yet, some studies, from the perspective of educational inequality, have shown that not all parents/children could make ‘good’ choices due to the limitations of their family socioeconomic status. This study applied “meta-analysis” and “systematic review” to analyze the past studies to examine whether family background is an influential factor in the decision-making process. Based on the findings, we were convinced that, through the implementation of school choice, the higher SES parents (especially those with higher educational levels) can not only “buy” the best quality “commodities” (schools) for their children, but also choose to “flight together”, resulting in segregation and stratification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101943
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan

Keywords

  • Family socioeconomic status
  • Marketization
  • Meta-analysis
  • Neoliberalism
  • School choice
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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