Why Fix something that is not Broken? : The Implementation of School Choice Policy and Parental Attitudes towards Equality and Uniformity of Comprehensive School System in Finland

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Silvennoinen , H , Kalalahti , M & Varjo , J 2015 , ' Why Fix something that is not Broken? The Implementation of School Choice Policy and Parental Attitudes towards Equality and Uniformity of Comprehensive School System in Finland ' , Athens Journal of Education , vol. 2 , no. 1 , pp. 37-51 . < http://www.atiner.gr/journals/education/2015-2-1-3-Silvennoinen.pdf >

Title: Why Fix something that is not Broken? : The Implementation of School Choice Policy and Parental Attitudes towards Equality and Uniformity of Comprehensive School System in Finland
Author: Silvennoinen, Heikki; Kalalahti, Mira; Varjo, Janne
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2015-02-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Athens Journal of Education
ISSN: 2241-7958
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233080
Abstract: In Finland, the pupil bodies of schools consisting of children living in the nearby area (school district) has been a central principle ever since the founding of the ‘folk school’ network in the 1890s. Children were allocated to schools on the basis of residence. This policy was changed in the mid 1990’s and the free school choice was introduced in Finland. Although a major change in the school policy the opening of the school choice was not much discussed in the public or in the parliament. It was introduced by a promise to give parents more freedom, to better respond to the needs of the talented pupils, and to bring forth more high quality schools. The evaluation of possible unintended consequences on equality was neglected. In this article we ask: How the socio-economic position of the family is related to the school choice of the child? What is the role of socio-economic status and educational level of parents in explaining the differences in attitudes towards the uniformity of comprehensive school system, and what, in turn, is the role of parental attitudes in explaining the school choice? To answer these questions we analyse large survey data collected in five biggest cities in Finland in spring 2012 (n=2 617). We conclude that school choice in Finland is particularly exercised by highly educated families whose children do well in school. Of the single factors the most predictive indicator of exercising the choice is the child’s average of latest report card, but also variables indicating socio-economic background strongly predict the parental choice.
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