School choice is an issue that continues to stimulate energetic debate. Realising Family Potential Through Choice of Schooling is a theory that was developed to explain the process in which families engage to make educational choices. The grounded theory method was used to build the theory and show that parents were challenged to make educational choices outside of the free government education system for a range of reasons. The grounded theory method provided the necessary rigour to develop a thoroughly robust and parsimonious theory that explains the process of educational choice. There were some surprises in the development of the final theory as it also involved the management of the choice and the dimensions of change.


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