Attitudes of selected groups toward quality and selected aspects of education provided by community colleges

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Dorotea Lugaric Evans (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Barbara N. Clawson

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine differences in attitudes of four-year college faculty, community college faculty, high school students, and their parents toward quality and selected aspects of educational services provided by community colleges. It was hypothesized that there would be no relationship among students' post-high school plans and their attitudes toward community colleges and that there would be no relationship among selected demographic characteristics and attitudes parents have about community colleges. Two faculty groups of 75 individuals were randomly selected from a four-year college and a community college; responses were made by 48 and 46 faculty members, respectively. The student sample was made up of 129 seniors enrolled in family life classes in two local high schools. The parental sample was made up of 95 parents whose children were enrolled in the previously mentioned classes. Data for the study were collected using a 35-item Likert-type attitude questionnaire. Items dealt with goals and purposes of community colleges and quality of education. From the questionnaires that were useable the following seven factors were isolated by a varimax rotated factor analysis: quality of education, community college as an educational alternative, counseling services, equipment and materials, remedial education, transfer education, and faculty concern. Analyses of variance were used to test the three hypotheses. When the F-value was significant a Scheffé test was applied.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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