ERIC Number: ED361882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Parent and Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment at School. Statistics in Brief.
Chandler, Kathryn; And Others
Findings of a study that examined parent and student perceptions of school learning environments are presented in this document. The data are from the 1993 National Household Education Survey (NHES:93), a national survey conducted by Westat for the National Center for Education Statistics. This report is based on data from telephone interviews conducted with 10,117 parents of students in grades 6-12 and 6,504 students in grades 6-12. A Positive School Environment Scale (PSES) was constructed of seven elements. Overall, parents and students gave relatively positive ratings to the schools with which they had direct and current experience. School ratings varied by school characteristics: public schools were rated lower than private schools; larger schools were rated lower than smaller schools; and middle/junior high schools were rated lower than elementary schools. Despite the generally positive assessments, low percentages of youth strongly agreed that they were challenged at school, that they enjoyed school, and that students and teachers had respect for each other. Low percentages of students also reported that their friends thought it very important to work hard for good grades and to behave well in school. Overall scores did not differ by racial/ethnic or urban/rural factors. Five tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.