ERIC Number: ED259461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Parental Perspectives on the School Enrollment of 'Special' and 'Typical' Children. Revised and Condensed.
This study explores how and why parents choose to enroll their children in certain schools, and what criteria they apply in making an enrollment decision. Fourteen families with 10 typical and 6 special children were interviewed in depth about their experiences with preschool and school enrollment and their expectations regarding their children's next schools. Based on the comments made during these interviews, a questionnaire was designed and administered to all 66 families (of which 42 responded) with children currently enrolled in a small, private, alternative school. Three assumptions, made by advocates of parental choice, were examined: (1) that parents are dissatisfied with public schools; (2) that, given the opportunity, parents explore various alternatives before deciding where to enroll their child; and (3) that parents evaluate their children's educational needs and choose accordingly. Based on interviews and questionnaires alike, the study calls into question all three of these assumptions. Specific findings from the questionnaire and selected illustrative excerpts from the interview are included, along with footnotes and a bibliography. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).