ERIC Number: ED210773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Do Schools Care? The Student View. Co-operative Research Series No. 6.
Dynan, Mary P.
This study surveyed student views of their schools and attempted to determine the degree of student alienation in Western Australian high schools. One hundred students from each of twelve high schools participated in the study. Data were gathered from a questionnaire and follow-up interviews. Findings indicated that a majority of students felt a reasonably positive sense of commitment to school although a significant number were highly alienated. The factors most strongly associated with alienation levels of students were student-teacher relationship and student academic level. In general, relationships with teachers tended to be formal, often ambivalent, and sometimes very negative. Some correlation between alienation and academic self-concept was found. Socioeconomic backgrounds of students were related to levels of alienation, with higher alienation scores found among students from lower status groups. Smaller schools had lower levels of alienation and better student-teacher relationships. Variables considered "pastoral care structures" (designed to combat alienation), such as house, year, tutor or form systems, had no significant association with overall levels of alienation. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.; Nedlands Coll. of Advanced Education (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia); Pastoral Care