ERIC Number: ED401072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-5
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Analysis of Differences between Educator and Parent Perceptions of Rural Elementary School Priorities.
Stockman, Connie; Powers, P. J.
A survey examined attitudes toward internally generated school priorities among 29 elementary school teachers, 1 principal, and 278 parents in a small rural Wisconsin school district. Respondents comprised all educators in the district's only elementary school and the parents of 85 percent of the school's students. The 26-item survey examined perceptions of school priorities in the areas of curriculum development, instructional technology, character education, and parent involvement in school. Ratings of the composite school priority areas did not differ significantly between educators and parents, and the rankings of specific priorities by educators and parents were highly correlated. Both groups gave the highest priority rankings to instruction in basic reading, writing, and mathematics; teaching of respect and responsible behavior; and relevance to real life. Both groups' lowest priorities were related to increasing parent involvement and access to various technologies. The results indicate that these parents and educators agreed more closely about school priorities than is generally portrayed in popular and academic media. Recommendations are offered for rural school improvement and school communication with parents. Contains 20 references and 7 data tables. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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