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ERIC Number: ED515725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 149
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-8959-4
Parental Choice in Non-Traditional Public Schools
Donohue Stetz, Mary
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Dakota State University
The purpose of this mixed methods study is to ascertain how and why parents select an alternative public educational setting for secondary students in the state of Minnesota a state with school choice options. Three research questions address this purpose, including why parents do not send their children to the local public high school, why parents select an alternative public educational setting for their high-school-aged children, and how various forms of communication influenced the decision-making process of parents in selecting an alternative public educational setting for the high school-aged children. A data collection method used to conduct this study entailed quantitative questions followed by qualitative survey questions to validate and strengthen responses regarding why parents choose alternative forms of public education over local public high schools. Most of the questions were quantitative in nature with qualitative questions used to more fully understand and triangulate the quantitative responses. A target population of 900 parents with students in alternative learning centers (ALCs) and charter schools across the state of Minnesota was used to conduct the survey. A total of 321 parents responded to the questionnaire that provided the quantitative and qualitative data that was analyzed. Results showed that parents have specific reasons for selecting schools of choice over traditional public high schools. Certain forms of communication provide parents with information about current issues in education, and some forms of communication are significantly more influential than others in the decision-making process of parents in selecting a school of choice. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota