ERIC Number: ED372143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
National PTA/World Book Successful Learning Survey.
National PTA, Chicago, IL.; World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL.
In 1991 World Book and the National Elementary School Principals conducted a study of over 8,700 elementary school principals concerning attitudes they felt were important about the parental role in education. The current study compares the perceptions of principals with the opinions of parents through a national random telephone survey of 830 parents of children in grades 1 through 8. Parents were chosen from the Market Facts, Inc., panel for market research. Parents agreed with principals in feeling that listening to and talking with the child is essential, and they agreed with the importance of showing pride, instilling a strong work ethic, fostering self-confidence, and a number of other commonly accepted ways to promote academic achievement. Principals were less likely than parents to believe that it was important to make frequent use of museums, libraries and cultural activities or that it was important to continue to correct and develop the child's language and grammar as they grew. The most notable difference was that only 47 percent of principals thought it was important for parents to encourage the child to go on to higher education, while 92 percent of parents considered this important. Eighty-two percent of parents (responding to a parents-only question) considered their roles in their children's education essential, and 80 percent thought that the school supported them extremely or very well in that role. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National PTA, Chicago, IL.; World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL.