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ERIC Number: ED125052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 12
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Measuring School Boundary Permeability: The P.S.C.Q. Revised.
Wiener, William K.
This paper discusses the concept of school boundary permeability and describes the field testing and revision of the Parent-School Communities Questionnaire (PSCQ), a survey questionnaire designed to measure the permeability of school boundaries. The concept of permeability assumes that any social system, such as a school, is surrounded by a psychological boundary that insulates it from its environment. The degree to which this boundary is permeable to input from outside the system is directly proportional to the openness of the system. Originally, the PSCQ consisted of 50 descriptive statements that respondents were asked to rate on a five-point Likert-type scale. However, when the PSCQ was field tested by mailing it to a random sample of 500 parents from three elementary schools, respondents and school administrators agreed that the questionnaire was too long and repetitious. The PSCQ was revised on the basis of this feedback and shortened considerably. Comparison of PSCQ data with data from personal interviews with 60 parents showed close agreement between responses to the interview questions and responses to the PSCQ statements. (Author/JG)
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