ERIC Number: ED256044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Attentiveness to Local School Politics: A Structural Analysis.
Leathem, Paul J.
Data from two national surveys originally designed to measure public attitudes toward science and technology were examined to determine the relationships among several variable characteristics of the survey population and their attentiveness to local school politics. Survey respondents were divided into two groups: those who indicated they were both "very interested" and "very well informed" about local school issues, and those who were either less interested, less well informed, or both. Log-linear path analysis was used to reveal multivariate as well as bivariate relationships among the the variables tested, which included gender, age, parental status, educational level, and place of residence. Many significant relationships were found among the variables. The variable most closely related to attentiveness was parental status, a relationship found in every category into which the respondents were subdivided. The least strong association was between residence and attentiveness. Higher levels of education were strongly related to attentiveness, particularly among nonparents. Respondents between 30 and 49 years old were more likely to be attentive than those of other age groups, and women were more likely to be attentive than men. The findings showed that the social science concept of issue attentiveness is applicable to local school politics. A four-page bibliography is included. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).