ERIC Number: ED342109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Parent-School Conflict: An Exploratory Study. Report of a Research Study.
Storey, Vernon J.
The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify a range of conflicts that had occurred between several parents and the schools their children attended. The parents of 12 families were interviewed in depth about unresolved conflict situations that involved their children. In 10 cases the child had been moved to another school as a consequence of the dispute. Very few children in the conflict situation had been involved in any meetings or discussions to seek a resolution to the problem. Several key emotional components were studied, including: (1) the child's emotional upset; (2) parent's fear for their child's emotional and educational well-being; (3) a general intensity of feeling about the progression of events; (4) concern about the perceived attitudes of school personnel; (5) growing potential resolve that a solution would be found; and (6) vivid recall of incidents and developments during dispute. More structured research is recommended for conflicts that equally involved a third party who was typically not present. This research acts as a framework for further study and investigations, and includes five recommendations for the focus of future research. Also included are a model of the path of parent-school conflict and three appendices: (1) request for permission to conduct research; (2) guidelines for selection of subjects; and (3) interview questions. (21 references) (LAP)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Parent Grievances, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Student Problems
Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria, Box 2400, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 3H7, Canada ($14.95 Canadian).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Univ. (British Columbia). Inst. for Dispute Resolution.
Identifiers: British Columbia