ERIC Number: ED247189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Traditional Model of Educational Excellence: Dunbar High School of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jones-Wilson, Faustine C.
An attitude survey of Dunbar High School alumni in Little Rock, Arkansas, a black public high school with a reputation for excellence, was conducted to ascertain opinions concerning the preparation for successful adulthood this school afforded its students. A total of 1,523 people who graduated from Dunbar between 1930-1955 were contacted. Of these, 402 (26 percent) responded to a 97-item questionnaire modeled after the Questa II survey developed by the Educational Testing Service Secondary School Research Program. In addition, seven teachers, three former principals, and a number of community citizens were interviewed. Comparisons were also made between respondents' level of educational attainment and that of their parents. Respondents felt that Dunbar strongly emphasized and realized its goals of helping students improve their socioeconomic status, preparing them for jobs, encouraging self-discovery, teaching knowledge and skills, preparing for college, developing leadership skills, and preparing for citizenship. A total of 84 percent of respondents felt their teachers were well prepared; 91 percent indicated a positive social atmosphere. Level of educational attainment of Dunbar graduates generally exceeded those of their parents. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Excerpted from author's book, same title, Howard University Press, 1981.