ERIC Number: ED252601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Assessing Parent Opinions About Education.
Chase, Clinton I.
Recent national reports on the quality of education are open to criticism because of their lack of broad-based, hard data. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop some clear data referents for the debate on the quality of school systems across the nation. Its focus was on a national sample of parents of school children, and the objective was to elicit their feelings and beliefs concerning a number of aspects of their children's schools. Over 5,000 parents from 22 states responded to the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) Parent Opinion Inventory. Respondents came from a wide variety of towns and cities; however, large metropolitan areas were probably underrepresented. The results indicated that parents: (1) tend to be more pleased than displeased with their schools; (2) were most pleased with the general psychological climate of their schools, next best pleased by program, and next by student activities; and were least happy with "school problems" (how well children are being taught to cope in a complex world) and parent involvement in schools. Two statistical tables are appended. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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