ERIC Number: ED241196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Grolier Survey: What Parents Believe about Education.
Research and Forecasts, Inc., New York, NY.
Grolier Incorporated sponsored a national random-sample survey of 645 parents, aged 18 and over, to discover attitudes about education. The survey paid considerable attention to aspirations of America's nonwhite citizens. Results indicated that parents sought involvement in local schools, cherished the impact of education for life enrichment at every level, valued basic skills highly, placed particular importance on children's education if they themselves were isolated through educational disadvantage or social discrimination, and, on some issues, demonstrated marked geographical differences in belief patterns. A majority (75%) agreed that a major purpose of education was to achieve financial success; 96% believed that education's primary purpose was to enrich the quality of a person's life. Parents were committed to a specific priority of subjects in grades one through eight: English first, then math, with science, social studies, and computer science tied for third. Education was viewed as a path to a better future by those in difficult circumstances. Faith in the promise of opportunities opened by education remained strong among nonwhites. Few parents wanted to tamper with current school year length. A majority (60%) believed teachers' salaries should be improved. Graphs and tables present percentages of answers to specific questions. Survey methodology is described. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Differences, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Regional Characteristics, Research Methodology, School Schedules, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grolier Inc., Danbury, CT.
Authoring Institution: Research and Forecasts, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Grolier Survey