Private School Choice and post-Materialism: What values are at stake?


 Presenter (s) Verónica Gottau, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT)
School choice is a global phenomenon with significant variations in terms of conception, design, and viability. In the city of Buenos Aires, State funding to the private sector of education allows for free choice. The purpose of this study is to analyze the values that are at stake in the family process of school choice. I draw on the theory of cultural evolution (Inglehart, 2018) to analyze the interviews. I interviewed 30 parents who live in the city of Buenos Aires and had to choose school for their children. It was possible to infer four categories that condense the materialistic and post-materialistic values: preeminence of materialistic values relative to security and protection; preeminence of materialistic values relative to academic achievement; preeminence of post-materialistic values relative to socialization; and preeminence of post-materialistic values relative to political concerns.

For more information, please see chapter 18 in the Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2019, International Perspectives on Education and Society, volume 39 (edited by Alexander W. Wiseman).

Verónica Gottau is Associate Researcher at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) and she holds a master’s degree in Educational Policies from the same Institution. She is a PhD Candidate in Education at Universidad de San Andrés. She is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Her recent publications include articles in research journals indexed in JCR and SCR. His main areas of research are linked to educational policies, the privatization of education and family processes of school choice

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