School Choice in India: disadvantaged groups and low-fee private schools

Srivastava, Prachi (2008) School Choice in India: disadvantaged groups and low-fee private schools. In: Forsey, Martin, Davies, Scott and Walford, Geoffrey (eds.) The Globalisation of School Choice? Oxford Studies in Comparative Education . Symposium Books, Oxford, pp. 185-208. ISBN 9781873927120

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Abstract

Increased marketisation and privatisation of schooling in economically developing countries have led to the emergence of private schooling for socio-economically disadvantaged groups. The ‘low-fee private’ sector in India is one example of a private schooling sector that is targeted to and financed by fees from lower income households that have traditionally had low participation in formal schooling. Thus, the emergence of the low-fee private sector marks the need to examine changing school choice behaviours of disadvantaged groups. Dominant middle-class hegemonic discourse in India and the wider literature has characterised these groups as ‘vulnerable’ and ‘likely to be duped’ or as ‘irresponsible’, ignorant of the benefits of schooling, and unwilling to send their children to school due to limited resources. To arrive at a more nuanced understanding, this chapter, based on a study of low-fee private schooling in Lucknow District, Uttar Pradesh, presents a model explaining the school choice processes of one group of disadvantaged households accessing the low-fee private sector. Challenging traditional assumptions, results indicate that households in the study made active choices about their children’s schooling through a complex process that involved analysing competing school sectors, incorporating their beliefs about education, analysing local school markets, and managing particular constraints.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0066 Economic aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0071 Education and the state
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0189 Educational sociology
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Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 12:56
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 12:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39661
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