ERIC Number: ED041079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
School Bureaucracies and Family Acceptance of Educational Opportunity Programs.
Dunmore, Charlotte J.
This paper attempts to show the dependence of an educational program for the maximum development of city children upon an effective communication system linking school bureaucracies and the families which they supposedly serve. The study is an empirical attempt to discover the nature of the families in a particular black ghetto in Hartford, Connecticut, and ascertain the critical factor in the decision of these families whether to accept a particular educational opportunity for their children, which was provided by a summer bussing program. A structured questionnaire, used to interview mothers in a randomly selected sample of 173 families containing school age children, was administered in the homes of respondents during July and August, 1966. Communication variables rather than social-psychological ones proved to be critical. These are: knowledge of the program; a school as the source of such knowledge; receipt of an application; receipt being from the school; and the involvement in other types of voluntary educational programs. (JM)
Descriptors: Black Mothers, Bus Transportation, Communication Problems, Compensatory Education, Decision Making, Educational Opportunities, Educational Sociology, Family Characteristics, Family School Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Program Development, Public Relations, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship
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Note: Paper presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, September 1, 1970