ERIC Number: ED214887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Variety and Intensity of School-Related Problems as Perceived by Teachers, Parents and Students. A Study of Schooling in the United States. Technical Report Series, No. 17.
Overman, Bette C.
Teachers and parents of students at the elementary and secondary levels of schooling and students at the secondary level were given a list of school-related problems and asked to indicate whether each was "not a problem," a "minor problem," or a "major problem" at their particular school. Thirteen schools at each level (elementary, junior high, and high school) participated in the survey. Problems listed on the questionnaire were: (1) student misbehavior; (2) poor curriculum; (3) prejudice/racial conflict; (4) drug/alcohol use; (5) poor teachers, teaching; (6) size of school/classes; (7) lack of teacher discipline; (8) busing for integration; (9) inadequate resources; (10) administration; (11) lack of student interest; (12) rules and regulations; (13) organization; (14) desegregation; (15) lack of parent interest; (16) lack of staff interest; (17) student language; (18) staff relations; and (19) graduation standards. According to the mean scores of individuals within levels of schooling, student misbehavior was at the top of the list for all data sources at all levels. Mean scores for drug/alcohol use were slightly higher for parents than for teachers, and both were slightly higher than student scores. Lack of student interest and lack of parent interest were also high-ranking problems for teachers and parents while size of school/classes and organization were high ranking problems for teachers and students. Tables present the mean scores for each problem for each data source in rank order. A school-by-school analysis of the problems of each school is also presented. The questionnaires used in the study are appended, as well as tables displaying the means, standard deviations, and number of respondents for each problem by data source within each level. (JD)
Descriptors: Busing, Discipline, Drug Use, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Graduation Requirements, Parent Attitudes, Problems, Racial Relations, Resource Allocation, School Administration, School Size, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Motivation, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Development of Educational Activities, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education