ERIC Number: ED306510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-28
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The School as a Value Influencing Institution.
Craig, Delores E.
This study examined the relationship between student values and the values of the school as an institution, with emphasis on how this relationship is mediated by the student's sentiment toward the school. Subjects were 353 seventh- and eighth-grade students, 11 of their social studies teachers, and building principals from three schools in the Honolulu (Hawaii) School District. The Cole (1972) adolescent version of the Rokeach Value Survey, Form D, was administered to students, teachers, and principals. The Quality of School Life Scale (QSL) was administered to students. The results revealed that school values and student values were not independent of each other. Students who obtained high scores on the QSL conformed to each other with respect to ranking of values, as did students with low scores. High scorers placed high priorities on family love, religious faith, and achievement. Low scorers placed high priorities on pleasure, prosperous life, exciting life, being brave, and being creative. Values appeared to be much influenced by gender. Female students more highly ranked such values as friendship, honesty, helpfulness, being loving, and forgiving. Male students gave higher rankings to such values as an exciting life, intelligence, bravery, and creativity. The value preferences of these subjects were very much alike. Despite wide differences in socioeconomic status, value preferences were related, suggesting that the period of early adolescence itself is a strong factor in reported values. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).