ERIC Number: ED326568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Student, Teacher, and Business Leader Perceptions of Academic, Work-Related, and Personal Skills in Rural Appalachian Communities.
Bobbett, Gordon C.; And Others
The results of a study of six rural Appalachian high schools in Kentucky and Tennessee are presented. Multiple data sources were used to identify the relative effectiveness of these schools. Data were collected via administration of the: Wayson School Climate and Context Inventory to a stratified random sample of 20 faculty; Likert's Organizational Characteristics to the total faculty; and School Effectiveness Inventory (SEI)--which was developed to evaluate perceptions regarding 16 academic, work-related, and personal school outcomes--to members of the educational community. Data were also collected via observations made during visits to each school and completion of instructional interviews with 10 faculty and one administrator in each school. Responses to the SEI were collected from 237 students, 158 teachers, and 64 business leaders. Mean scores, rankings, and z-scores for the 16 SEI educational outcomes were evaluated. F-scores and "t"-scores compared participant groups. The participant groups had similar educational expectations, and academic and work-related outcomes were more important than personal outcomes. Although school performance outcomes were similar, participant groups perceived their school's performance differently. Students, teachers, and business leaders perceived that academic outcomes, along with ethics/morals, need more emphasis in the school system. Students differed significantly from teachers and business leaders in their perceptions of what schools should be doing and are currently doing. The teachers were the least satisfied and students were the most satisfied with education. Educational expectations and values vary between states and between participant groups. Four data tables, one bar graph are included; the SEI, two tables of mean scores for expectations and performance, and one table and four bar graphs on dissonance scores are attached. (RLC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Kentucky; School Effectiveness Inventory; Tennessee; Wayson School Climate and Context Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (19th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1990).