Parental Involvement and School Choice in Hungarian Primary Schools

Pusztai, Gabriella and Róbert, Péter and Fényes, Hajnalka (2023) Parental Involvement and School Choice in Hungarian Primary Schools. JOURNAL OF SCHOOL CHOICE, 17 (1). pp. 118-135. ISSN 1558-2159

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In this study, we examine the features of school choice by comparing parental involvement between denominational and public schools. In Hungary, denominational schools reemerged after the fall of communism in 1989, and their share increased further after 2010. The survey data, we employ, refer to primary school children’s parents and were focused on parental involvement at home and at school. Our hypothesis is based on the work of Epstein and Coleman and suggests a prominent role for denominational schools in parental involvement. However, our results show that Hungarian denominational schools differ in terms of parental involvement and school choice from what theory or practice in other western countries suggests. School choice of Hungarian parents is primarily driven by the intention to ensure a more culturally and economically homogeneous and safer environment for their children. Parental involvement tends to be stronger at home and at school due to higher parental religiosity, regardless of the school sector. The novelty of our findings is, that opposite to the literature, mostly not the school type but parents’ religiosity increase both the home based and the school based parental involvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Denominational schools; school sector; school choice; parental involvement; home based and school based involvement; centralized and standardized schooling
Subjects: L Education / oktatás > L1 Education (General) / oktatás általában
L Education / oktatás > LF Individual institutions (Europe) / oktatási intézmények, Európa > LF1 Individual institutions (Hungary) / oktatási intézmények, Magyarország
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2023 08:55
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 08:55

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