ERIC Number: ED199893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Secondary School Perceptions. Research Report.
Hunter, Susanne M.; And Others
Data analysis and coding of responses to a questionnaire survey of secondary school students, their teachers, and parents concerning perceptions of school and education provide the material for this report. Students and parents were randomly selected by two methods from eight secondary schools in Ontario, Canada. All staff members and administrators in the schools were included in the sample. The results of this 1976-77 survey are compared to the findings in a similar survey conducted in the same district in 1971-72. From the comparison it is evident that there has been a significant conservative shift in attitudes among all three groups. Students feel that formal exams are necessary, that there is sufficient academic freedom, and that schools need disciplinary power. The survey revealed an increase in students' positive attitudes towards their teachers and schools. A larger number of students gave no opinion on a number of items, perhaps indicating greater apathy. Parent and staff responses are consistent with those of the students, approving more emphasis on grades and urging less permissiveness. The survey does show parent attitudes to be more negative towards education and school quality. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrator Attitudes, Apathy, Data Analysis, Discipline, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Grades (Scholastic), Parent Attitudes, Permissive Environment, School Attitudes, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North York Board of Education, Willowdale (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada