ERIC Number: ED206058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Alternatives in American Education, Vol. IV: Family Choice in Schooling.
Bridge, R. Gary; Blackman, Julie
Originating in the Rand Corporation's evaluation of the voucher demonstration project in the Alum Rock Union School District (California), this study of family choice in schooling focuses on these questions: Are parents motivated and competent to make intelligent choices among competing educational alternatives? What kinds of schools do parents pick when they have free choices? What factors influence their choices? Is segregation by race, sex, or social class exacerbated by allowing parents free choice? Most of the data for the study came from the Alum Rock project, with additional information from the Minneapolis Southeast Alternatives program and the Mamaroneck (New York) school district. The report describes the three family choice systems in these districts and presents findings on parents' information levels, choice processes, and satisfaction, obtained through questionnaire responses. Findings and implications are discussed in detail and supported by tables. Appended are a model of parents' choice behavior, a sample questionnaire, and ethnographic data for Alum Rock students. (WD)
Descriptors: Alienation, Educational Innovation, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Information Sources, Information Utilization, Nontraditional Education, Open Enrollment, Parent Attitudes, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Tables (Data)
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.