ERIC Number: ED145561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Citizen Participation in Education. Technical Report No. 411.
Liechty, Thornton Acheson
This study examines the nature of citizen participation in education. A questionnaire was developed that assessed both the kinds of educational activity in which citizens participated and selected primary personal variables. General purposes of this assessment were 1) to describe the frequency, distribution, and modes of educational participation and to identify types of participators; 2) to secure data for these types of participators regarding educational awareness, specific attitudes toward participation, generalized attitudes toward political, social, and educational concerns, and socioeconomic variables; and 3) to correlate these primary personal variables with identified types of educational participators. The field study employed a proportionate random sample of voters in one magisterial district of a mid-eastern state, resulting in 139 completed interviews. Four empirical modes of participation were identified, including the parochial mode (17% of all activities), the cooperative mode (23%), the electoral mode (48%), and the dynamic mode (12%). Five types of educational participators were identified, including activists (37% of the participators), parents (24%), citizens (17%), voters (17%), and inactives (5%). (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: Report from the Project on Organization for Instruction and Administrative Strategies; Doctoral Dissertation, University of Wisconsin (Madison); Some appendixes may not reproduce clearly due to small print size