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ERIC Number: ED523269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 146
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-0083-2
Parents' Perceptions of Private Christian Schools and Why Parents Pay when Public Education Is Free
Nichols, Madison Kay
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The study conducted in this dissertation identified and examined the factors that influence parents' decision to choose a private or public school for their student. The research examined how parents perceive the benefits of a private Christian education for their children. The search for education effectiveness is a quest that seems to have no end, and families are seeking quality opportunities for their children. Although research has been accumulating on why parents choose a particular type of school (public or private), far less is known about parents' perceptions of the benefits of a private Christian education for their child. This study was designed to examine the literature, perceptions, and decision-making process employed by parents to navigate school choice decisions. It further examined the benefits of a private Christian education for children. The methodology of this study utilized a mixed methods research medium. Recognizing the overlap between qualitative and quantitative research methods, the data from the study surveys was supplemented with semi-structured interviews. The quantitative findings indicate that parents who choose a private school use a range of strategies to gain relevant information, and are astute in choosing a school that is congruent with their particular values and aspirations. The qualitative findings illustrate why private schools have become so popular. The results of this study help parents, school leaders, and educators understand the influences of parents' perceptions on school 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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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