NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED535059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 131
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-4428-9
Exploration of Parental Perceptions about Public Education and Their Understanding Regarding No Child Left Behind: A Case Study
Russell, Jennifer
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Aurora University
The PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public's Attitudes about Public Education continually reports that there is a positive grading trend with parents when asked to assign a grade to their local school, however, less than 20 percent of the public give our schools across the nation a grade of an A or B. This negative perception of education encourages the public to create reform movements that demand government policies designed to improve public education. This study was a constructivist case study that focused on the multiple realities of the participants, and developed findings based on their perceptions of public school and their understanding of No Child Left Behind. The focus of the study was on the implications of participant perceptions and their interactions with others. The study design was that of an open-ended interview approach, using a snowball chain sampling method. As a result of the study, it was found that parents generally had a positive feeling about their local school and a less than positive feeling about schools on a national level. Additionally, participants were relatively unaware of the basic principles of NCLB and the effects it could possibly have on their school. The school district website was the primary source of information gathering for most participants and the current budget crises in the district was weighing heavily on the minds of the participants. Many participants who were parents of gifted children felt that NCLB was leaving their gifted children behind. In addition, many participants felt that parent involvement and socio economic status had an immense effect on the quality of the school. It was also found that parental understanding of NCLB was minimal. Parents often did not have the basic information they needed to form sound opinions about education. As a result of this lack of basic information, the effect of the negative news media had a great effect on parental perceptions of education.
ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001