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ERIC Number: ED308571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Parental Choice and Quality Education.
Maddaus, John
The decisions parents make regarding their children's education are not based solely on the academic quality of the school. Therefore, initiating a parental-choice educational program will not necessarily improve the overall level of education that American children are currently receiving. An area of concern is children who are economically disadvantaged: children who attend schools in lower income, innercity areas. These children will be affected the most by a parental choice program, though whether the effects would be adverse or beneficial is unclear at this point. A total of 39 lower, lower/middle, and upper/middle class white families were interviewed in 1984, and again in 1985. Special areas of study were (1) differences in enrollment patterns among neighborhoods; (2) similarities/differences in parental perceptions of academic quality among schools; (3) other parental criteria in school enrollment decisions; and (4) factors influencing enrollment outcomes. The school environment, both internal and external, plays a vital role in enrollment decisions, as do education-related costs, parents' childhood educational experiences, and community support. (28 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (Syracuse)