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ERIC Number: ED298650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
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Parents' Reasons for School Choice in Four Inner-City Catholic High Schools: Their Relationship to Education, Income, Child Aspirations, Religion, and Race.
Bauch, Patricia A.; Small, Thomas W.
In this study, parents' reasons for school choice were explored at four inner-city school sites by means of a questionnaire distributed to parents by their children. The sample for this study consisted of the parents of over 2,300 students who attend the four schools studied. All are inner-city Catholic high schools located in four different metropolitan areas representing three different regions of the country. Questionnaires were returned from 896 respondants, of whom 86 percent were mothers. Resulting data are presented in six tables: (1) school demographic characteristics; (2) parent sample by the four schools; (3) priority reason for school choice by school; (4) parent characteristics by school and for the total sample; (5) priority reason for school choice by parent characteristics; and (6) school profiles: ranking of priority reason by school. Findings reveal significantly different responses from school to school in the four different metropolitan areas. When responses were examined in relationship to parent characteristics (socioeconomic status, aspirations for child, religion, race), all but aspirations and religion were significantly associated with specific reasons. Thirty-nine references are included. (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986). Research supported in part by the Youth Development Research Center, the Catholic University of America and the National Catholic Educational Association.