ERIC Number: ED256054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Minnesota Dialogue on Education. Report.
Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
The Minnesota Dialogue on Education project was a comprehensive statewide survey of public opinion on educational issues conducted by the Minnesota Department of Education from September 1983 through February 1984. The project involved dissemination of 250,000 copies of a Dialogue on Education Study Guide with a questionnaire attached, followed by a series of town meetings conducted by school districts and other community organizations, along with class time in schools set aside to solicit student comments. This official report presents the results of an analysis of the data collected from all participants in the dialogue. The first chapter provides an overview of the project, including its purpose, phases of implementation, and data analysis procedures. Chapter 2 documents citizen participation, including town meeting attendance, student participation by grade level, and participant profile information. Chapter 3, the main body of the report, provides a comprehensive content analysis in three parts: (1) analysis by response form item (including participants' views on the purpose of education, high school graduation competencies, involvement in educational decision-making, instructional time, and educational change); (2) analysis of other data (town meeting open-mike results and dialogue hotline); and (3) anecdotal comments from dialogue participants on a variety of issues. Chapter 4 summarizes key results of the project. The instrumentation is included in four appendixes: the Dialogue Response Form, Discussion Questions for Small Groups, Class Discussion Questions, and Town Meetings Agenda. (TE)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Community Support, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, School Community Programs, State Action, State Departments of Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Minnesota Dialogue on Education Project