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dc.contributor.advisor Joyce, Stacie Rissmann Khorshed, Yasmine Alaa Eldine 2014-12-30T12:03:55Z 2014-12-30T22:00:11Z 2014 July en_US 2014-12-30
dc.description.abstract There are many national and international schools in Cairo today, and every year lots of parents make educational choices for their children. Those choices are based on various factors. This research explores the factors that influence parents to select a certain school type and not the other. It is an initial step into school research as an attempt to help educators and administrators understand parents’ and students’ priorities, needs and expectations when choosing a school. The research questions are: (1) What are the most and least important factors that parents consider when choosing a national/ international school for their children? (2) What are the reasons that parents cite for not choosing the other type of school for their children? (3) What background experiences influence parents’ school type choice decision? and (4) Do parents and students feel that the current school type meets their needs? This research uses a mixed approach of quantitative and qualitative methods. An analysis of 41 students interviewed revealed that friends are the best thing students enjoy about going to school. Fun lessons, the way of instruction and the school’s facilities were repeated by most students as things that could be changed to make their schools more interesting for them. An analysis of 31 parents interviewed and 39 parents who responded to the questionnaires revealed that mothers are the ones who make educational decisions for their children. The analysis also revealed that the child’s friends, having highly qualified teachers and a school’s safety procedures are the top three common factors that influenced all parents when choosing a certain school type. This research will contribute to future research on similar topics. It targets school reform as it will help school leaders, administrators and teachers better understand what parents and students are looking for when choosing a certain school type. en_US
dc.format.extent 87 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject school choice en_US
dc.subject selection en_US
dc.subject parents en_US
dc.subject students en_US
dc.subject Egypt en_US
dc.subject factors en_US
dc.subject national schools en_US
dc.subject international schools en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title National vs. International Schools: Factors influencing school choice in Egypt; The voices of parents and students. en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline International and Comparative Education en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Graduate School of Education en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Megahed, Nagwa
dc.contributor.committeeMember Jarrar, Samir
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hozayin, Russanne

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