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Title: School choice, travel patterns and transport arrangements in Northern Ireland : economic/financial, environmental and social perspectives on a complex system
Author: Kelleher, Luke Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 500X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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One of the key governmental concerns reflected in the 1988 Education Reform Act for England and Wales and the subsequent Education Reform Order (NI) 1989 was to promote enhanced choice of schools for parents. however consequences relating to the theory and practice of choice for parents involved in making such decisions had implications for sustainability and transport arrangements which were not taken into consideration. Post Primary Education in Northern Ireland offers more scope for choice than any other part of the UK and its segregated and selective system has particular implications for travel patterns. Moreover, the consequences of current and future arrangements for home to school travel have not been addressed. The aim of this research is to investigate the financial/economic, environmental and social implications of enhanced school choice and the likely response to the inevitable reform of the system which will be required. Particular reference is paid to travel patterns and transport provision. in order to achieve this aim, key objectives of the research include: gaining greater understanding of the decision-making process made by parents in relation to school choice in order to determine how they will react to my potential reform; investigating the implications of current and potential schooling systems for home to school transport costs; illustrating the extent to which the current system of educational provision in Northern Ireland undermines issues of equality in relation to admissions criteria; developing a range of tools in order to inform policy 'makers on future school travel patterns in response to an ongoing programme of reforms in education 'and demographic change. the research is informed by an in-depth discrete choice analysis, based on household surveys that encompass school choice and travel patterns, attitudinal questions and stated preference experiments. Geographical information Systems (GIS) analysis is employed to highlight the spatial dimension of the survey data.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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