ERIC Number: ED092817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Conflict and Consensus Among Parents About Goals for High School Education.
Blackwell, Peggy J.; Joniak, Andrew J.
This report examines parents' goals for secondary education through an interview according to the range and content of his/her goals and needs, the hierarchical structure of the categories of these goals, and the priorities he/she established among the goal categories. Three separate studies (N=19; N=20; N=81) were conducted in order to refine and develop the interview instrument. One purpose of the research was to determine if parents of heterogeneous background, who have children of high school age, have specific goals for the education of their children, and if these goals could be elicited during an interview. Parents consistently expressed concerns in the following areas: vocational education and basic education--reading, writing, and mathematics; development of self; necessity of preparing students to cope with the practical aspects of adult life; development of social skills; development of civic responsibility; and the training, qualifications, and classroom methods of teachers. An assessment of the content of the goal statements suggests that parents' goals for secondary education are based on their own experiences as well as those of their children. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque. Inst. for Social Research and Development.; Humanic Designs Corp., Manhasset, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (59th Chicago, Illinois, April 1974)