“If it Feels Good…”: Research on School Selection Process Motives Among Parents of Young Children

I. ter Avest, G.D. Bertram-Troost, S. Miedema

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From (inter)national research we know about parents’ priorities in the school selection process. In this research the authors focus on parents’ motivations underpinning these priorities. The question is: “What motivates parents to send their child to a Christian primary school?” In the Dutch plural and secularized society this question is of high importance. According to interviewed parents children should be provided with knowledge about Christianity and the school should have an open mind towards other religions. The final school selection—a selection that materializes rather intuitively (“it feels good”)—is about attention for the child.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-367
JournalReligion & Education
Issue number3
Early online date10 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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