ERIC Number: ED409644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Parent Perceptions of Block Scheduling in a New York State Public High School.
Thomas, Cheryl; O'Connell, Raymond W.
Although parents are key stakeholders in the educational process, their perceptions are often neglected in studies of school reform. This paper presents findings of a study that explored the attitudes of parents of New York State high school students toward block scheduling. A survey of all parents of 11th and 12th graders in a rural New York high school garnered a 70 percent response rate (n=110). Parents were asked to compare their attitudes to a block-schedule program before and after its implementation. Findings showed no correlation between the number of meetings that parents attended and their support for block scheduling. Parents perceived that block scheduling resulted in increased time for class discussions and student interaction with teachers. However, parents perceived problems involving students' retention of material, teacher absences, and student absences. The majority of parents supported block scheduling but did so without clear evidence of academic improvement. Many parents reported that their understanding of block scheduling improved through talks with their children rather than through school information-dissemination efforts. Fifty percent reported no change in their opinions about block scheduling. Six figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York