ERIC Number: ED222980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
Resolving Divergent Expectations among the Multiple Publics of the Public Schools.
Spradling, Charles W.; Babcock, Susan
Educators seeking public support for schools seldom look to positive parental attitudes toward education as keys to garnering that support, according to the authors of this report. Instead, educators tend to focus on attempts to change negative attitudes. A study was conducted using the Parent/Teacher Attitude Scale to obtain the opinions of parents and teachers in a suburban school system concerning various programs, facilities, and personnel. As hypothesized, teachers responded more positively than parents in most areas. The authors note that, after the study was completed, parents, teachers, and board members were informed of the results and told in which areas responses to the survey were most positive and in greatest agreement. This report concludes with an outline of a process for involving parents and school personnel in cooperative planning based on areas of agreement. The authors suggest that the concept of seeking and reinforcing positive attitudes could be extended to include feedback from students, administrators, board members, and district residents in addition to parents and teachers. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Houston, TX, February 17-20, 1982).