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ERIC Number: ED002895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960
Pages: 79
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HOW STATE LEGISLATORS VIEW THE PROBLEM OF SCHOOL NEEDS.
FERGUSON, LEROY C.
LEGISLATORS IN FOUR STATES WERE ASKED THEIR OPINIONS ON THE PROBLEMS OF EDUCATIONAL NEED TO IDENTIFY THE FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THEIR EDUCATIONAL PERCEPTIONS AND THE SOLUTIONS TO SCHOOL PROBLEMS WHICH THEY PROPOSE. EDUCATIONAL ASPECTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT INCLUDE ESTABLISHING THE LEGAL STRUCTURE OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, SETTING STANDARDS FOR TEACHER TRAINING, AND PROVIDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL FUNDS. THESE ASPECTS AND OTHERS WERE USED TO PREPARE THE PROJECT INTERVIEW FORM FROM WHICH THE VIEWS OF OVER 420 LEGISLATORS WERE OBTAINED. IN ADDITION TO THE INTERVIEW DATA, INFORMATION WAS GATHERED ON THE SOCIOECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN THE DISTRICT REPRESENTED BY EACH LEGISLATOR, THE ROLL CALL RECORDS, AND THE EDUCATIONAL BILLS EACH HAD INTRODUCED. THESE DATA WERE THEN CORRELATED WITH THE INDIVIDUAL VARIABLES OF AGE, EDUCATION, OCCUPATION, URBAN-RURAL NATURE OF THE HOME COUNTY, IDEOLOGY, POLITICAL PARTY, LOBBYIST PERCEPTION, AND LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE. AMONG THE OVERALL FINDINGS, MOST OF THE LEGISLATORS DISCUSSED EDUCATIONAL PROBLEMS IN TERMS OF FINANCE. ABOUT ONE-HALF OF THEM MENTIONED ONLY FINANCE. BUT ABOUT ONE-THIRD SUGGESTED ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS, AND A FEW WERE CONCERNED WITH CURRICULUM. ALL VARIABLES WERE ANALYZED WITH RESPECT TO THE LEGISLATOR'S DEGREE OF INVOLVEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL NEEDS ISSUE. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; MICHIGAN; Michigan (East Lansing); NEW JERSEY; OHIO; TENNESSEE