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ERIC Number: ED455070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 7
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Rural Parents' and Students' Satisfaction with Public Schools in Queensland.
King, John; Bond, Trevor
In 1997-98, parents and students at 1,300 elementary and secondary public schools in Queensland (Australia) were surveyed to measure their satisfaction with their school. Some 38,000 parents and 43,000 secondary students responded to the survey. Results indicate that for parents, there was a conflict between remoteness/isolation and school size/complexity. Those parents whose children attended the most isolated schools reported the least satisfaction with their schools, yet parent satisfaction was highest for small, rural schools. However, with the exception of community school students, students in remote/isolated areas were the most satisfied with their schools. Student satisfaction also increased as school size/complexity decreased. By school type, special schools received the highest ratings from parents and students, and community schools received the lowest. Students reported higher satisfaction levels for schools of distance education than parents. When calculated by district, parent satisfaction levels were lower for the most remote/isolated districts, but students gave the highest satisfaction ratings to the two most remote districts and another district that could be described as remote. The conflict between parent and student perceptions suggests that parents and students apply different criteria in expressing school satisfaction. Community school clients were primarily indigenous Australians, and differences in satisfaction levels towards community schools might relate more to cultural issues than remoteness/isolation. Six tables present results. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia