Ten year survey of public attitudes toward education with implications for health education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James M. Eddy, Department Head and Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: During each of the past 10 years, the Gallup organization has conducted a nationwide survey of attitudes toward public education. A modified probability sample was used to analyze questions of current interest, as well as trend questions designed to reflect changes in public sentiment over a period of time. The purpose of the polls was to measure the attitudes of typical citizens toward the quality of education in their local schools. While the results are able to reflect a national sentiment, they cannot be used to accurately portray the mood of a given community. Polls such as these are valuable in helping decision makers understand public reaction toward existing policy and programs, and to ascertain the level of readiness to accept new programs. Since the sample represents a microcosm of American society, the results can be used to help education better serve the public. Health educators can benefit by analyzing the results and considering the implications- These implications bear on such important concerns as teacher preparation, curriculum development and teacher-student relationships. This article is a summarization of those specific issues during the ten-year survey which have meaning for health education.

Additional Information

Publication
The Journal of School Health, 50, 2, 62-65
Language: English
Date: 1980
Keywords
public education, public opinion, health education