ERIC Number: ED442202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
An Empirical Approach to Understanding and Analyzing the Mission Statements of Selected Educational Institutions.
Stemler, Steve; Bebell, Damian
Content analysis was used to examine the mission statements of 267 educational institutions over 4 clusters (elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary). In selecting the sample, the practical population was defined as all of the American K-12 schools and colleges whose Web sites were linked to one of two comprehensive sites (one for K-12 schools, one for colleges). Ten major themes emerged from the data. The relative frequencies of each major theme were computed across the sample. The results of the study indicate that the purpose of school shifts from emotional development in the early levels of schooling to cognitive development at the college level. In addition, mission statements vary greatly both within and between school levels with most schools emphasizing four different themes in their mission statement. Relevant policy implications and suggestions for further research are discussed. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 9, 1999).