Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QD-032-015-1-1-United States-ROPER-1981

Subject Area: Education Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Thirteenth annual survey of the public's attitudes toward the public schools, 1981.  [machine-readable data file] / Gallup Organization  [principal investigator(s)] / Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: USAIPOSPKED81-POS960-1

Date Accessioned: 9/11/2000

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data were obtained from the Roper Center.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 8/14/2000

Documentation: Machine readable codebook file.

Abstract: This survey was conducted between May 8-17 in 1981. Its sample size is 1519 national adults. Major topics include: own/rent home; labor union membership; receipt of federal assistance/government employee; children enrolled in private/public/ parochial schools; rating of schools in community/nation; rating of public high schools; rating of schools in community/nation; rating of public high schools regarding college/job preparation; rating of teachers, principals, parents regarding education role; raising taxes for schools; reduce costs by using volunteers for extracurricular activities; low-interest college loans for all students vs. low-income students; tax money to parochial schools; increase in nonpublic schools; "voucher system" of education; reasons for wanting children to get education; most important skill: reading, writing, thinking, mathematics; most effective teachers: over vs. under 40; state examination for prospective teachers; teachers' salaries in community; striking by teachers; unionization helped/hurt education; tenure for public school teachers; teacher lay-offs: performance vs. seniority; appropriate attention in community high school to: college/job preparation, preparing students to be informed citizens, ethical/moral development, art/music appreciation; wide variety of courses vs. fewer but more basic courses; required subjects of students planning/not planning to go to college; need for instruction in: driving, computers, parenting, alcohol/drug abuse, values/ethical behavior, sex education; sex education in elementary schools; emphasis on athletics; equal educational opportunities for all racial groups; nationwide examination before graduation; publication/comparing of test results; U.S. as losing lead in science/technology to Japan/Germany; tax supported child-care centers for all preschoolers; partial payment by participating parents; pregrouping of new Department of Education into smaller agencies/other departments; prohibition of student/staff smoking in public schools; parental input in: curriculum, staff selection, books, teachers' salaries; rating of teaching of basic subjects in public schools; age of eldest child attending public/private school; class standing of child; time spent by child/parent; watching TV, doing homework, reading; discussion with teachers concerning child's progress; regularly help child with homework; limitations on TV viewing during school week.

Media/File Reports:

7102 (CD-ROM)
7111 (CD-ROM)
7402 (CD-Rom)
7403 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)