ERIC Number: ED203516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Parent Choice of Schooling in British Columbia: Preliminary Findings.
Kamin, Jonathan; Erickson, Donald A.
A 1978 survey in British Columbia of 993 mostly urban parents, with children in 121 public and private schools, sought to discover the ways they chose their children's schools, the qualities they desired in those schools, and the effects on their choice of a new provincial aid program. The factors examined included social class, income, occupation, education, religion, number of schools considered, sources of information, amount of thought given to the choice, degree of involvement of various family members in the decision, and reasons for the selection made. Among the findings were that social class affected the type of school chosen, the family members involved, and other factors, but did not affect the reasons for the choice or the number of schools considered. Reasons for choosing private schools centered on religion, discipline, and academic quality, while those for choosing public schools tended to involve convenience or school location. A small, but significant, number of parents, of low social status and educated in public schools, gave little thought to school selection and tended to choose public schools for their children. The new aid program had little effect on parent choice, as it had just begun at the time of the survey. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Study of Private Schools, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: British Columbia; Educational Choice
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).