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ERIC Number: ED349145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Common Factors Underlying Public Opinion of Local Schools from Five Rural, Mid-West Communities.
Hecht, Jeffrey B.; And Others
This report examines the opinions of 726 registered voters in 5 small, rural mid-west school districts. The purposes of the study were: (1) to assess citizens' satisfaction with the school districts' programs and services; (2) to indicate strengths and weaknesses in the school districts' programs and services; (3) to identify problems facing the school district; (4) to indicate citizens' willingness to support new programs; and (5) to suggest alternative practices. Registered voters were randomly selected from the five school districts to complete the survey instrument. Data were analyzed with an exploratory factor analysis procedure. The analysis resulted in 12 significant factors, including "liking school,""students' need to work hard," and "the importance of co-curricular activities." The findings suggest that citizens' opinions were similar across school districts. When local citizens are satisfied, they are satisfied about most programs and services. Conversely, when they are dissatisfied, they are dissatisfied about most programs and services. School districts need to continually ascertain public opinion concerning the district and to keep the community informed about available programs and services. In addition, properly polled information can be extremely useful in soliciting public support for school reform efforts. (LP)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Factor Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Public Opinion, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, School Effectiveness, School Support
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).