ERIC Number: ED204856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Coleman Report on Public and Private Schools: The Draft Summary and Eight Critiques. ERS School Research Forum.
Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
Following James S. Coleman's summary of his draft report, "Public and Private Schools," this bulletin presents eight scholars' brief responses to the study. Coleman reports the preliminary findings of a 1980 national survey of 58,728 sophomores and seniors in 1,015 public and private schools, which constituted the first part of a 1980-1984 study. He compares public and private schools in terms of students' development and achievement; school orderliness, educational variety, and social, religious, and racial divisiveness; and the effects of tax credit plans on their enrollment. The eight scholars--including Richard L. Murnane, Michael W. Kirst, David Krathwohl, Robert L. Crain, Robert Klitgaard, Donald Campbell, Diane Ravitch, and Scott D. Thompson--agree on the usefulness of Coleman's report, but generally criticize his conclusions, chiefly on methodological grounds. The first six authors question the reliability or validity of the sample, the data, the controls for selection bias, the achievement measurements, and the estimates of tax credit effects. They also raise the problem of public and private schools' differing objectives. The last two authors note that Coleman's report shows that public schools are doing well and indicates how they can do better. (RW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys, Nontraditional Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Tables (Data), Tax Credits, Tuition
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.