Roberts, Amy, & Lakes, Richard D.
Middle-Class Mothers on Urban School Selection in Gentrifying Areas
Georgia State University
1.) What schooling options do mothers in gentrifying areas consider in the school-selection process?
2.) What forms of communication do they utilize to exchange information regarding school options?
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
Education and Urban Society
Vol. 48 No. 3 pp. 203-220
While the mothers expressed an equity agenda honoring educational diversity actual school selections outcomes belied their liberal intentions.
The narratives presented are consistent with DeSena’s (2009) research that middle class parents will express a politically progressive ideology but act in their own self interest
Social practice played a significant role in this study. Virtual and neighborhood networks were essential to the formation of knowledge production in this study.
Authors found that social networks became information sources for the parents who framed educational decision-making in market terms.
Journal Article Empirical Research
Choice, Cultural Capital, Diversity, Parents, Social Capital, Social Mobility
Method of Analysis:
Residents of Kirkwood or Grant Park neighborhoods
Unit of Analysis:
The study participants were selected based on the criteria that they were residents of the gentrifying neighborhoods, Kirkwood or Grant Park, with a child below age 5.
30 mothers were selected from a narrow pool of eligible candidates.
The qualitative method phenomenography was chosen as an analytical tool for this study.
The final stage of the analysis entailed a revision of the classifications to reflect distinct identities of the the phenomenon and relationships of subjects.