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ERIC Number: ED443906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 33
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Contributions of Parents' School Opinions and Reasons for Choice to Their Willingness To Support Catholic High Schools: A Structural Model.
Bauch, Patricia A.; Gao, Hong
A study was conducted to determine the association among variables representing parent and school demographics, parents' opinions of the school, their reasons for choosing it, and their willingness to support the school in various ways, including the level of tuition they would pay. Data were collected from a stratified sample of 10 high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. Most of the 1,843 parents who responded were white, with an average family income of $40,000. Structural equation modeling was used to test theoretical models assessing the relationships among the variables. Findings show that parents' choosing the schools for religious or values-related reasons predicts neither their financial support for the school nor their engagement in volunteer activities in them. Findings do suggest the importance of parent views of school quality and parent characteristics, of which family income was the greatest contributor to predicting school financial support. These results add to the body of financial research on Catholic schools by documenting a customer satisfaction relationship between the schools and their clients. Appendixes contain a correlation matrix, and the variables from the parent questionnaire. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures, and 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)