ERIC Number: ED224665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of School Consolidation on Fidelity to Traditional Value Systems.
Kay, Steve; And Others
Two rural Kentucky counties were sites for a survey measuring the effect of school consolidation on the transmission of values between parents and children. Owen County, in central Kentucky, has a completely consolidated school system. Johnson County, in eastern Kentucky, has a county system with multiple elementary sites and an independent system. In Johnson County, 177 fourth graders, 525 tenth graders, and 88 parents were surveyed. In Owen County, 128 fourth graders, 123 tenth graders, and 64 parents were surveyed. Traditional community values chosen for examination were social responsibility, acceptance of authority, individualism, expression vs. restraint, equalitarianism, and localism vs. cosmopolitanism. It was expected that in the highly consolidated school system the effects of consolidation would be reflected in a greater disparity between values of parents and their children. Results indicated various social, economic, and cultural influences have greater impact than consolidation on values held by individuals. Knowledge of the history and economic development of the two differing areas came to be seen as fundamental for an adequate interpretation of results. (Author/BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Univ., Frankfort. Office of Education/Psychology Research.
Identifiers: Kentucky; Traditionalism