ERIC Number: ED245304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Views of Public Confidence in Education: Outside of School Systems.
Carol, Lila N.; Cunningham, Luvern L.
To determine the public perception of schools and school leaders, this study questioned people with knowledge of and opinions about their local schools, allowing open-ended responses to a question about confidence in their schools: "What are the sources of your confidence in this school (or school district)?" Although data are incomplete and findings preliminary, respondents listed dedicated teachers and special instructional programs as the most important factors affecting confidence in their local school; the next highest rankings were assigned to effective administrators and maintenance of grounds and buildings. About the school district, respondents listed 20 categories of reasons for confidence, but the first 4 rankings included the same items as those for local schools. The factors inspiring confidence, it is noted, seem to have remained constant for many years, though the social background of those perceptions has changed radically. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).