Opinions of parents, students, and other educational stakeholders in one urban setting toward middle level education
By: Regina Madeline Lilly-Warner
Published: 1996
Uploaded: 10/19/2006
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Tags: Attitudes, Community and school, Counseling in middle school ed, Curricula, Evaluation, Middle school students, Middle school teachers, Middle Schools, United States

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This research was one of three complementary studies that examined the opinions and estimates of knowledge of the major educational stakeholders (parents, students, educators, and the community) toward their school district{92}s middle level education. This document is focused on the middle schoolers and their parent{92}s perceptions and understanding of existing programs and curriculum and what programs/curriculum they believe are important for the middle schools to be successful. The comparison of each of the adult stakeholders group{92}s opinions and knowledge will also be reported. All three studies were conducted in a common urban city. Since major educational stakeholders play a vital role in the success of school reform efforts, the goal of this inquiry was for the findings to yield important information before the district began their middle school systemic reform profess. In addition, this type of research had never been conducted in this city. Therefore, the school district had no idea of the major stakeholders{92} opinions, knowledge, or support in respect of their existing middle level education. The team used a printed questionnaire in order to collect data from the adult stakeholders groups and focus group interviews for the students. The questioning path for both instruments was based, after modification, on the Turning Points report and the Colorado Middle School Assessment Survey.
ABSTRACT
OPINIONS OF PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS IN ONE URBAN SETTING TOWARD MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION
Regina Madeline Lilly-Warner
This research was one of three complementary studies that examined the opinions and estimates of knowledge of the major educational stakeholders (parents, students, educators, and the community) toward their school districtÆs middle level education. This document is focused on the middle schoolers and their parentsÆ perceptions and understanding of existing programs and curriculum and what programs/curriculum they believe are important for the middle schools to be successful. The comparison of each of the adult stakeholder groupsÆ opinions and knowledge will also be reported.
All three studies were conducted in a common urban city. Since major educational stakeholders play a vital role in the success of school reform efforts, the goal of this inquiry was for the findings to yield important information before the district began their middle school systemic reform profess. In addition, this type of research had never been conducted in this city. Therefore, the school district had no idea of the major stakeholdersÆ opinions, knowledge, or support in respect of their existing middle level education.
The team used a printed questionnaire in order to collect data from the adult stakeholder groups and focus group interviews for the students. The questioning path for both instruments was based, after modification, on the Turning Points report and the Colorado Middle School Assessment Survey.


Sponsor: Frank L. Smith Jr
Dissertation committee: Jeannette E. Fleischner
Sponsor: Frank L. Smith, Jr
Dissertation Committee: Jeannette E. Fleischner,
Degree: Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University