ERIC Number: ED342048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
The Confidence Factor: Some Results of the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Commission on Public Confidence in Education. A Research Report.
Wayson, W. W.; And Others
This study sought to determine characteristics of schools and districts that enjoy the public's strong confidence and to explore how these characteristics are created and retained. A screening procedure produced useable data from 181 "high-confidence" public schools, 30 private schools, and 45 school districts. As part of a preliminary pilot study, open-ended questions were administered to community members in three separate nonrandom surveys conducted to obtain data on gain/lose confidence issues. Responses from the three surveys were categorized and ranked separately and results were used to refine the school based "Confidence Questionnaire" that was sent to high confidence schools and districts. Tables and charts present survey data throughout the report. Results indicated a"people dimension" to high-confidence schools. School personnel (teachers and administrators) are the most important sources of impressions, the most influential in conveying them, and the primary sources of information. Results also demonstrated that high-confidence schools value matters that community respondents claim increase confidence. Other results include the following observations: High confidence schools (1) have clear purposes worked out between and communicated within school and community; (2) are safe and orderly; (3) employ regular needs sensing; (4) have considerable parental and community involvement; (5) exhibit openness, warmth, and caring; (6) have instructional and extracurricular "extras" and word hard at building and retaining the confidence of their publics. Two reference pages and appendices showing the coding systems used for the pilot study and for the school based questionnaire complete the report. (CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Attitudes, Community Surveys, Educational Attitudes, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Attitudes, School Districts, School Involvement, School Organization, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Phi Delta Kappa
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, February 20-23, 1987). Some tables contain small, filled-in print.