Nathalie BULLE, Modelling Educational Choice. An Explanation of Change in French Secondary Education Oxford, The Bardwell Press, 2010, , 2010

In this rigorous study of French secondary education during the 20th century, Nathalie Bulle provides a simulation of how pupils and their families chose
amongst the streams of study available to them. The model she develops is meticulously constructed and supported by a range of decision-making models, and explains the development of values about intellectual education in France. Her research supports the thesis of the relative autonomy of the educational system in relation to other sub-systems of society, and is a major contribution to the sociology of education. She also examines and provides clarification of some key epistemological questions posed by the use of formal models to explain social phenomena.