ERIC Number: ED201398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Students Think Schools Are for Learning.
Semple, Edward E., Jr.
The objectives of this study were: (1) to find out what elementary school students think the purpose of school is, and (2) to compare parents' and student's perceptions of the purpose of school. One hundred forty-eight first through seventh graders and sixteen parents of fourth grade children participated in the study. The first and second grade students were interviewed and all other students and parents were asked to write answers to the question "What is school for?" Among the 25 purposes listed by students "to learn" was the answer most often listed; 91% of all students chose this answer. A comparison between the purposes listed by parents and between the purposes listed by their fourth grade children revealed that while parents and students listed 12 similar purposes, students selected 22 purposes not listed by parents and parents listed 39 purposes not listed by students. Only one parent did not list "learn" as a purpose of school. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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