ERIC Number: ED038671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Evidences of School Related Alienation in Elementary School Pupils.
McElhinney, James H.; And Others.
In the spring of 1969 over 6,000 students in grades four through six responded to a 72 item questionnaire. Of the 72, 11 include responses which suggest possible alienation of this age group. Each school's pupils produced a unique pattern of responses to the 11 items, which suggests that the immediate school environment is one contributing factor to the amount of alienation and the topics which generate feelings of alienation. On the item concerning autonomy-authority, about one-third indicated that they avoid thinking about their chances for success as an adult. About 25% felt that school had little relationship to life outside school. Approximately one child in six rejected the teacher in situations in which the teacher disapproves of what the student has done. About 26% reported that their parents never visited school. About 47% felt adults would not always do what they say they will do. It appears that schools might, by intelligently modifying their processes and content, better serve pupils who are now experiencing alienation. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970