ERIC Number: ED201744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Effects of a Community Educational Component on Parental Perceptions of the School.
Nussbaum, Claire A.
Community education programs have seldom presented quantitative data to validate the usefulness of the program. This study was an attempt to establish a beginning community education program while planning for quantitative evaluation from the initiation of the project. Based on a group process, community residents were involved in the development of a 49-item Likert-formatted survey instrument which was administered to a one percent, random, stratified sample of a southwestern metropolitan city. The instrument dealt with community concerns about education. Based on the factor analysis, analysis of variance, Scheffe tests, and Spearman Rho rank order correlations among teacher, parent, and community respondent groups, a community education plan was designed for the elementary school in the area. One of the four components developed was analyzed in detail using a separate-sample pretest-posttest control group design to test eight hypotheses regarding the effect of the program on parental perceptions of the school. The results indicated that community education can be an effective force in modifying parental perceptions of the school in a positive direction. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Community Attitudes, Community Benefits, Community Education, Elementary Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Relations, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Corps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Appendix is marginally legible.