ERIC Number: ED268361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Business as Usual: Exploring Private Sector Participation in American Public Schools.
Shakeshaft, Charol; Trachtman, Roberta
Although there is widespread publicity about the involvement of businesses with schools, and as President Reagan as well as authors of reform reports continue to call upon the private sector to help education, it is unclear to what extent such relationships exist and what they are accomplishing. A 10-page, 55-question survey was mailed to the chief executive officers of a sample of 500 corporations on the Forbes 500 list, with a 69 percent return (345 usable responses). The questionnaire was intended to identify what kinds of corporations would be more likely to participate in collaborative efforts with schools, who initiates the collaboration, the kinds of partnerships, the motivations of the corporations to participate, and benefits of the partnership. Analysis of survey responses showed that 73 percent of corporations work with schools, a majority with Adopt-A-School programs. Banks, utility companies, and insurance companies are the most likely corporate participants, although many other industries also participate. Most of the relationships consist of sending speakers, giving tours, and donating equipment. Motivations of the corporations to participate in school affairs include improving student academic achievement, improving career education, providing business role models for students, and promoting a favorable business image in the community. The study also found that having a relationship with schools improves the schools' image in the corporate mind. The study concluded, however, that business participation in schools is minimal, sporadic, and has a small effect on education. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).