ERIC Number: ED191894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
KATE: Kansas' Attitudes Toward Education; First Annual Public Opinion Poll. Preliminary Report.
Skillett, Jack; And Others
A survey patterned after the annual Gallup Poll of Public Attitudes Toward Education was conducted, by calling 880 adults in their homes. Every effort was made to minimize sampling error. Respondents answered 8 demographic and 22 opinion questions. According to the majority of Kansans: local newspapers and word of mouth or personal involvement are the best sources of information about local public schools; English and mathematics are the most important subjects; teachers should be required to pass state board examinations, and to take inservice education; teachers should not be allowed to strike; children receive a better education than the respondents did; children with physical disabilities should be mainstreamed but those with mental or emotional problems should not; preschool education is not the responsibility of public schools; education should receive more tax dollars than health and environment, roads and highways, or social welfare. Respondents were evenly divided on whether boards of education or a neutral party should settle contract disputes. similarly, there was an even balance between basic skills and career education as the major purpose of education. In general, Kansans were satisfied with their public schools; few expressed major weaknesses. (The survey questionnaire is appended). (CP)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas State Dept. of Education, Topeka.
Authoring Institution: Emporia State Univ., KS.
Identifiers: Gallup Poll; Kansas