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Gaming the no-choice system? School choice and persistent educational inequality in China

Zhou, X; Mau, A; Jordan, L; (2020) Gaming the no-choice system? School choice and persistent educational inequality in China. Research Papers in Education 10.1080/02671522.2020.1814849. (In press).

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Abstract

The admission policy for public compulsory schools in China is neighbourhood enrolment which entitles children to attend their assigned local school free of charge, and this policy has been rigorously implemented in recent years to prevent school choice. However, driven by disparities in education provision, parents still find ways to make choices in an officially no-choice public educational system. Inspired by a Bourdieusian framework, this study uses the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) to explore the relationships between family capital, school choice, and the quality of the school pupils attend. We seek to offer a lens to explore the prevalence and patterns of school choice, and its impact on constructing educational stratification. Findings suggest persistent inequality in the no-choice policy context and that children from more privileged families are more likely to study in higher performing schools.

Type: Article
Title: Gaming the no-choice system? School choice and persistent educational inequality in China
DOI: 10.1080/02671522.2020.1814849
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2020.1814849
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: School choice, educational quality, compulsory education, educational stratification, neighbourhood enrolment
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115339
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