ERIC Number: ED449301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Tennesseans' Attitudes toward Learning and the Workplace. Summary of Findings.
Lyons, William; Fox, William F.
A survey of Tennessee residents ascertained their attitudes about education issues. The survey was conducted by telephone using a computer-assisted telephone interviewing system with a random-digit-dialing-based sample. Useful responses were provided by 1,225 Tennesseans who were over age 18. Findings indicated the following: Tennesseans were not particularly positive about the present state of their public schools, although they tended to give somewhat higher ratings to nearby schools than to those across the state; there was a clear sense that high school graduates were not well prepared for work; a clear majority felt public high school graduates did not understand the process of competing for a job; and they gave the schools mildly better marks in preparing students for college than they did in preparing them for the workplace. Tennesseans were enthusiastic about business involvement in the educational process, especially in providing students with career information and workplace experience. They retained a bit more skepticism regarding business involvement in curricular and classroom matters. Respondents were quite enthusiastic about students spending time in the workplace, even at the expense of classroom time, and were quite supportive of providing much more career counseling to public school students. (Thirteen tables are provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Attitudes, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Telephone Surveys, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Center for Business and Economic Research.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee