A Study of Educational Needs: The Conflicting Views of Parents and Teachers

Year: 1985

Author: Schofield, Hilary

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

As part of a study of educational needs of West Heidelberg, seventy-two parents and fifty-nine teachers were interviewed in depth concerning their views about local schools. They were asked to identify positive features, negative features and possible ways of restructuring schoolsin the area to enhance the oppor- tunities of local children. The interviews were summarized and four major issues emerged: the need for a balance between discipline and "caring", for more emphasis on basic literacy and numeracy, for more choice in the secondary school curriculum and for some "restructuring" of schools in the area. Although the frequently discussed issues were similar for both parent and teacher groups, there was sometimes a mismatch between parent and teacher perceptions and between what each group considered desirable.