ERIC Number: ED106385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
School Openness, Parent Participation and Satisfaction: An Exploration of Causal Models.
This case study in policy research was prompted by: (1) concern about a methodological issue: how useful are cross-sectional, non-experimental data for answering policy questions?--and, (2) interest in some policy issues raised by the school decentralization/community control controversies and participatory reforms of the 1960s--are participatory reforms feasible--i.e. are they likely to raise participation and satisfaction levels in low SES, non-white communities? In 1970 and 1971, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) conducted an extensive survey of a sample of New York City schools and school neighborhoods. A portion of the CUE data is directly relevant to the substantive and methodological questions raised here. Of the 48 public elementary schools in the sample used in this study, 22 had student populations that were 70 percent or more black, 26 had student populations that were 70 percent or more white. Within each racial grouping, the sample selection procedures were designed to insure inclusion of schools reflecting the full range of existing variability in community SES. Once the sample was selected, data about these schools were gathered from school system records, interviews with personnel in each school, Parent Association presidents and a sample of mothers whose children attended each of these schools. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Elsbery Systems Analysis, Ltd., Flushing, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting (Washington, D.C., April 3, 1975)