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ERIC Number: EJ1047510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3607
Loving and Hating High School: Divided Opinion among Adults in a Rural University Town
Howley, Craig B.; Pickett, Diana; Brown, Peter; Kay, Laura
Critical Questions in Education, v2 n1 p28-43 Win 2011
In this report, the authors characterize the differences between those interviewed who "loved school" and "those who did not." For this comparison, they created two sets of comparison groups: (1) interviewees divided into upper and lower halves on one item, "I loved school"; and (2) the top and bottom quartiles on the same item, as detailed in the brief methods section. The discussions in the course raised a number of questions, all intended to evoke the spirit of skepticism. What does schooling accomplish and for whom? Can teachers really know better than others what is "best for children?" Who benefits most from schooling? Do schools have a responsibility to their local communities and not only to "the children"? Can people learn to think? Can people be taught not to think? Do people really like school? What good do adults think their high school experience did for them? Good questions all--and none with ready-made, easy answers. Although the implications of this study seem surprisingly momentous, the authors contend that they remain a matter of interpretation, and they caution both readers and themselves that this was a small-scale, exploratory study with a non-representative sample, and the issues themselves merit further attention. Recommendations are provided for consideration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio