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ERIC Number: ED165244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Tasks of Secondary Education: Conflicting Expectations of Parents, Educators and Students.
Robinson, Norman
This study attempts to define the principle tasks of secondary education as perceived by parents, educators, and students in one Canadian suburban school district in 1971. In addition, it compares their opinions with those of similar groups in the United States and Canada surveyed a decade earlier. The Task of Public Education (TPE) Opinionnaire was used to measure responses to 16 goals that are broken down into four principal dimensions of individual development: intellectual, social, productive, and personal. Three figures present samples of the questionnaire and six tables analyze the results. Parents, educators, and students all agreed on the primacy of the intellectual dimension in secondary education, findings which are similar to those of the Downey and Hartrick studies done a decade earlier. However, the 1971 West Vancouver results show much greater concern for international harmony and for developing a desire for knowledge than the 1960 and 1961 Downey and Hartrick studies, which emphasize national patriotism and the efficient use of the 3 Rs. The stated value of the study is in the information it provides educational policy-makers in this district. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia (West Vancouver); Task of Public Educ Opinionnaire (Downey et al)
Note: Figure 3 may be marginally legible