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ERIC Number: ED141736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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The School Choice Behavior of Parents Afforded Public School Options: A Case Study of Parental Decision Making in One Suburban Community.
Uchitelle, Susan; Nault, Richard L.
The purpose of this study was to examine the school choice behavior of Collegeville parents who lived within three optional attendance zones and who were sending their children to the Collegeville schools for the first time. Subjects were 48 mothers in such families. Interviews were intended to determine the following: (1) whether parents who were offered a choice deliberated about the options available to them or whether they chose a school on the basis of one or two narrow criteria; (2) what procedures the parents followed in selecting a school; and (3) what criteria the parents used in making their final selections. Findings show that over two-thirds of the parents used their choice opportunities to select the school they felt was most suited to their child. Active search behavior seemed to be elicited by two considerations: (1) schools available to the parents qualitatively differed; and (2) education levels of the parents were high. Parents at the lower ends of the socioeconomic range were less likely to have heard about their choice opportunity and to have researched and deliberated. Generally, parents were most concerned about the nature of the school and classroom environment to which their child would be exposed. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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