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ERIC Number: EJ929781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1065-6219
Religion, Parental Choice, and School Vouchers in Urban Parochial Schools: The Case of Five Schools in Southern California
Ji, Chang-Ho C.; Boyatt, Ed
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v16 n2 p149-179 2007
The purpose of this study is to investigate why parents choose parochial schools, whether parochial-school parents are likely to favor school vouchers, and what factors lie behind their support for vouchers. To this end, this study gives special attention to parents' personal religiosity. The sample of parents was taken from five large Protestant schools in the greater Los Angeles area. The results show that the parochial schools tend to serve families who are more financially secure and have higher educational status compared with families served by public schools. The parochial schools also mostly attract religious parents with strong doctrinal beliefs and regular religious practice. These parents seek out religious education due to their desire to provide their children with religious education, in addition to academic excellence and safe and drug-free schooling, and thus strongly expect the schools to give special emphasis to religious education. These parents tend to take neutral or, at best, moderately supportive positions toward school vouchers. This study also finds reason to doubt the claim that urban parents endorse the proposal for school vouchers primarily due to their aspiration for academic quality and safe and drug-free schools. Instead, parental perception of whether the church champions school vouchers takes precedence over the importance of all other factors. (Contains 2 footnotes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California