ERIC Number: ED168945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
Some N. H. Public High School Student Opinions Revealed. Occasional Paper No. 4.
Four surveys are described which gauged student opinion concerning state, national, and international events as well as responses relevant to curriculum structure and subject matter knowledge. The surveys, conducted from 1975 through 1978, elicited responses from approximately 400 to approximately 850 New Hampshire public high school students. In response to school related questions, students supported mandatory mastery of basic skills and opposed social promotion. They also opposed ending compulsory attendance at age 14 and felt that neither the number of courses nor the number of classes should be reduced. However, they felt that job skills should be learned in apprentice situations rather than in the schools. Regarding subject areas, many students felt that too little instruction is given about the actual workings of government, about the basic values and ideals of our society, and about current issues. Also, they felt that too little attention is devoted to the development of interpersonal skills. They expressed a desire for more assistance in consumer economics and in career choice. Student emphases on material acquisition as the "good life" and on television viewing suggest that schools may be remiss in teaching values and critical thinking skills. In answering factual questions, students indicated more knowledge about national and international facts than about their own state. Finally, suggestions are given for dealing with American politics. Survey questions and the distribution of responses are included. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Basic Skills, Critical Thinking, Current Events, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Problems, Federal Government, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Instructional Improvement, Interpersonal Competence, Political Issues, Relevance (Education), School Organization, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Social Values, State Government, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Student Needs, Student School Relationship, Television Viewing, World Affairs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham. Dept. of Education.