ERIC Number: ED214880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Functions of Schooling: Perceptions and Preferences of Teachers, Parents and Students. A Study of Schooling in the United States. Technical Report Series, No. 10.
Overman, Bette C.
Findings regarding the functions of schooling from the perspectives of teachers, parents and students in the elementary and secondary schools that participated in "A Study of Schooling" are presented. These functions were classified into four major categories: social, intellectual, personal, and vocational development. Study participants were asked to respond to four questions related to these functions: (1) their perceptions of the importance attached by their school to each function; (2) their perceptions of which function received the most emphasis; (3) how important they thought each function should be; and (4) which function they thought should be emphasized at their school. The sections in this report summarize the results of each of the four questions, comparing the responses of teachers, parents, and students in elementary or secondary schools and for each school. The final section deals with functions congruence, a measure generated by a comparison of the two questions on function emphasis. This analysis yields those respondents who perceived the school as emphasizing the functions which they thought should be emphasized. This functions congruence measure can be considered as one indicator of satisfaction with what the school is providing for students. Results were also provided in tabular form. A copy of the instrument is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Development of Educational Activities, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education