ERIC Number: ED221930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
How Elementary Schools Are Perceived by Parents, Teachers, and Students: 1977 vs. 1981. RR-39.
DeGracie, James; Rule, Judy
A 1981 survey of the attitudes of parents, teachers, and sixth-grade students toward the school climate in the 33 elementary schools of Mesa (Arizona) showed no significant change from the attitudes revealed in a similar survey conducted in 1977. The 1981 questionnaire was administered to all 965 of the school-based elementary teachers, all 2,956 sixth-grade students, and 4,390 randomly selected parents of elementary students. The questionnaires sought information on problems perceived by the respondents in 12 areas of school climate. For the district as a whole, mean scores for all areas fell in the "little problem" range. Only four individual schools were perceived by any group of respondents as facing "moderate" problems. Conversion of the response figures to t-scores revealed that parents and students proved most concerned about problems in the areas of student characteristics and student issues, while teachers expressed greatest concern over facility issues, particularly class size. The 1977 survey had revealed similar concerns, but showed perceptions of teachers, parents, and students to be more similar. This report discusses the findings and their implications for the district as a whole. The three survey instruments are appended. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mesa Public Schools, AZ. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.