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School of choice or schools’ choice? Intersectional correspondence testing on ethnic and class discrimination in the enrolment procedure to Flemish kindergarten

Authors
  • Bourabain, Dounia
  • Verhaeghe, Pieter-Paul
  • Stevens, Peter
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2020.1798379
OAI: oai:archive.ugent.be:8692422
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Language
English
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Abstract

Most research on intake focusses on the restrictions parents' capital cause on their abilities to choose. However, the steering effect of schools in the choice-process has been neglected. We chose the Flemish context to investigate ethnic- and class-discrimination in the enrolment to kindergarten (N = 2243). The Flemish education system is known for its exceptional 'freedom of choice' allowing parents to enrol their children into their school of preference without restrictions. Simultaneously, the education system is highly decentralized due to the principle of 'freedom of education' that grants high levels of autonomy to schools in creating their school policies. Using correspondence testing, the results show that schools act as gatekeepers using subtle discriminatory strategies to keep students with an underprivileged background out.

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