ERIC Number: ED162442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Parents' Expectations of Public Schools and Aspirations for Their Children's Education. Project Report.
Valentin, Cathy S.; Alston, Herbert L.
The purpose of this survey was to determine future needs of the Houston Independent School District based on parents' expectations of schools and aspirations for their children's education. Questionnaires were sent to a random sample of parents of 982 secondary students and 1,058 elementary students. The sample reflected the sex and ethnic distributions of the total district enrollment. Tabulation of the questionnaires indicated that a majority of parents considered education a high priority item and wanted increased emphasis on basic skills, career awareness programs, and college preparation programs. Most would spend existing extra school funds on handicapped and disadvantaged students. The majority of parents hoped that their children would have a college education, become professionals, and learn to think for themselves. Parents supported competency testing but were against using it to permit early graduation. They felt that the current length of a child's total education and of the school day and year should remain the same. While most favored courses for parents enabling them to tutor their children, they were not willing to pay extra taxes to support this program. Parents (especially minority parents) wanted day care for preschoolers. Most wanted to maintain or decrease the current reliance on property taxes. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX.