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ERIC Number: ED372013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-10
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools.
Luce, Eric F.; And Others
In order to compare education perceptions in southern Mississippi with nationwide trends that were identified in the 1992 Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa Poll, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Poll sought opinions of respondents on the subjects of public attitudes toward public schools, presidential preferences, and state and national level political issues. Interviews were conducted of 470 randomly selected residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson. As was the case in the nationwide poll, the grading of the public schools dropped when respondents were asked to grade the schools outside of their own region. Mississippi Gulf Coast respondents' views of schools in the nation as a whole reaffirmed the perception that the public schools are in poor condition. Both the Gulf Park Poll and the Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa education polls reflected the sentiment that the public wanted change and improvement in public schools and indicated that the public was willing to see basic structural changes with the aim of improving the public schools. The results of the Gulf Park Poll suggested a public that was in step with national trends. The data indicated that in southern Mississippi, as in the nation, the public wanted improvement in public schools and that little faith existed in the elected leaders to bring about this improvement. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi