ERIC Number: ED202140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Perceived Changes in California Schools and Classrooms.
Calfee, Robert C.; Pessirilo-Jurisic, Gloria
Various changes have swept across California's system of education over the past few years--tax limitations, equity of spending allocations, declining enrollment, and mainstreaming, to mention a few. Interviews with 104 educators conducted in 1978-79 in the San Jose Unified School District revealed how those at all levels of a local school system felt about the impact on education of these social and economic changes. The results showed considerable concern, highlighted by a sense that the public was altogether unhappy with the performance of local schools. Teachers and administrators reported that they were working harder than ever, under worsening conditions and for fewer rewards. Many teachers indicated plans to leave the profession. Major responsibility for the situation was attributed to reductions in funding due to passage of Proposition 13, and additionally to poor public attitudes toward education. The findings point to the importance of close monitoring of the perceptions and attitudes of local school staff in California and elsewhere. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Economic Climate, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Opinion, Public Support, School Community Relationship, Social Environment, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Alienation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Work Environment
Publications, Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, School of Education/CERAS Bldg, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.