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What does an index of school segregation measure?

Allen, Rebecca and Vignoles, Anna (2007) What does an index of school segregation measure? Oxford Review of Education, 33 (5). pp. 643-688. ISSN 0305-4985

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03054980701366306


The article aims to make a methodological contribution to the education segregation literature, providing a critique of previous measures of segregation used in the literature, as well as suggesting an alternative approach to measuring segregation. Specifically, the paper examines Gorard, Fitz and Taylor's finding that social segregation between schools, as measured by free school meals (FSM) entitlement, fell significantly in the years following the 1988 Education Reform Act. Using Annual Schools Census data from 1989 to 2004, the paper challenges the magnitude of their findings, suggesting that the method used by Gorard et al. seriously overstates the size of the fall in segregation. We make the case for a segregation curve approach to measuring segregation, where comparisons of the level of segregation are possible regardless of the percentage FSM eligibility. Using this approach, we develop a new method for describing both the level and the location of school segregation.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2009 13:55
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:36

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