ERIC Number: ED340750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Diversity of Private Schools. Technical Report.
McMillen, Marilyn M.; Benson, Peter
There has been concern in the private school research community that private school diversity is not captured by the three divisions of Catholic, other religious, and non-sectarian. Data from the 1987-88 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) are used in this analysis to operationalize a typology that further subdivides each group into the following three categories: (1) Catholic--parochial, diocesan, and private; (2) other religious--conservative, affiliated, and unaffiliated; and (3) non-sectarian regular, special emphasis, and special education. Data categorized with this nine-group typology were then analyzed in the context of a set of objective measures in an evaluation of the effectiveness of the new typology in discriminating statistically between school types. Multivariate analysis of variance confirmed that the original groups are statistically distinct and that there are differences among them within each of the original groups. Detailed examination of the objective measures contributed to differences observed between groups. The nine groups appear to be conceptually and statistically distinct and useful for future studies of the diversity of the private school population. Seven tables present data from the analyses, and an eight-item list of references is included. Technical notes highlight sample selection, data collection, questionnaire and item response rates, effects of item non-response, standard errors, multivariate analysis of variance, and definitions associated with SASS. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)