Date of Award

12-1-1993

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Null Tucker

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine if parental selection criteria identified in the research literature were confirmed in a large metropolitan public school system that has a choice program. Further, the study investigated the relationships between demographic and institutional factors and choice of schools.

The sample of the study consisted of 278 parents enrolling their children in a magnet school program for the first time during the 1993-94 school year. The population for the study consisted of Atlanta parents.

Correlational statistical analyses of the data were conducted to determine relationships between the variables and choice of schools. Of the thirteen factors analyzed in the study, only four were significantly related to parents' choice: school size, magnet theme, reputation of staff, and friends' opinions.

Using stepwise multiple regression analysis, choice was treated as the dependent variable. School student body size (GSIZE), the independent variable, entered the regression equation on Step 1. Theme and emphasis of the magnet school program (ATHEME), the independent variable, entered the regression equation on Step 2. Reputation of staff (DREPUTE), the independent variable, entered the regression equation on Step 3.

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