Research Methods

Barney Beins
Dept. of Psychology
Ithaca College


The questions below came from a survey conducted by the American Policy Foundation. Please read each question and respond to it. I typed it exactly as you see it; I didn't make any changes in spelling errors, typographical errors, etc.


NATIONAL PARENT'S SURVEY ON PUBLIC EDUCATION SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN POLICY FOUNDATION
Answer each question, then return this form in the envelope provided. So that all surveys may be compiled and results announced in a timely matter, please return your results will be released to local, state and federal officials and the news media.


1. In your opinion, which should be the primary goal of the public education system?

A. Teaching students basic skills such as mathematics, reading, history and geography.
B. Teaching students to "feel good" about themselves regardless of knowledge of basic skills
C. Undecided.


2. In your opinion, is it more important that students:

A. Be tested and accurately on classroom work such as math, English grammar, geography and history
B. Be graded on their ability tointeract and get long with others
C. Undecided


3. In your opinion, who should have the stronger input in establishing student values, attitudes and beliefs?

A. The Student's Family
B. Teachers and Government Officials
C. Undecided


4. In your opinion, what entity is better qualified to establish local school curriculum?

A. Community-elected School Boards with input from PTA's and parents
B. State and Federal Education Agencies
C. Undecided


5. In your opinion, should basic reading, writing and math skills be the major requirements for high school graduation?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Undecided


6. In your opinion, should students be forced to perform free community service jobs such as working with suicide prevention hot lines and drug rehabilitation centers as a requirement for high school graduation?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Undecided


7. In your opinion, are condom distribution and explicit sex education programs appropriate for students in kindergarten and elementary classes?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Undecided


8. In your opinion, should schools have the right to administer some form of discipline on unrulystudents so that order and a learning environment is maintained in the schools?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Undecided


9. In your opinion, should schools have the right to exple students who have compiled long records of discipline problems, and who pose a threat to student and teacher safety, and show no interest in taking part in the educational process?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Undecided


10. Which of the following best describes you?

A. Parent of student currently in public schools
B. Grandparent of student currently in public schools
C. Concerned taxpayer with no students currently in public schools
D. Other (describe).


 


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(Last modified: February 21, 2000)