ERIC Number: EJ1093927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors Affecting Christian Parents' School Choice Decision Processes: A Grounded Theory Study
Prichard, Tami G.; Swezey, James A.
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v25 n1 p3-24 2016
This study identifies factors affecting the decision processes for school choice by Christian parents. Grounded theory design incorporated interview transcripts, field notes, and a reflective journal to analyze themes. Comparative analysis, including open, axial, and selective coding, was used to reduce the coded statements to five code families: (a) decision-making process, (b) influence on or by the child, (c) parents, (d) academics/extracurricular activities, and (e) religion. A core category of decision-making process was determined to be the theory of satisficing. Satisficing is characterized by the search for a school by parents only to the point where minimum objectives are met.
Descriptors: Decision Making, School Choice, Parent Attitudes, Grounded Theory, Christianity, Interviews, Comparative Analysis, Extracurricular Activities, Coding, Religious Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Influence, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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