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Volume X

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Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK December 2013

Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK December 2013

ISSN: 0976-3759

Volume X

Issue 07

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Journal of School Social Work Price Rs 20.00


A National School Social Work monthly dedicated to networking of parents and teachers.

Volume X Issue 7

December 2013
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Editorial Dr Laxmi 02 Parenting Styles Retold Deepti Redhu and Asmita 03 Social Work Perspective of Parenting Style Sasikala S and Dr Florance Shalini J 07 Social Work Intervention forAcademic Excellence John Packiaraj M 11 Attitude of Student-Teachers towards Teaching Profession Pachiyappan P and Dr Ushalaya Raj D 15 Parental Choice in Selecting Schools for Their Wards Dr Ramakrishnan N 21 Parenting Styles: Research Openings Dr Suman K Murthy 27

Focus: Parenting Challenges


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Parental Choice in Selecting Schools for Their Wards


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Introduction: Stakeholders with similar interests, Quality of education is the measure claims, or right can be classified as or excellence of its delivery. It is belonging to the same group: assessed against accepted standards students and their parents, employees of merit for education delivery and of education organization, prospective against the interests/ needs of employers and so on. students and stakeholders. Defining Need for the study: education quality as excellence Education in the beginning was means delivery of ever-improving teacher-cantered. Then, it was value to students and stakeholders, student- centered. Now it is concerned contributing to improved education with human development. People quality. It is the level of excellence of who are concerned with human education delivery excellence in development in larger perspective are modes of teaching, organizing society and its Government. The activities and experiences so that educated society alone progresses effective learning takes place. well in the competitive world. The Definitions: parents are the elders in society. They Education quality is defined as are concerned about their childrens students and stakeholders educational status, employability, and satisfaction. This definition is derived potentialities to become a successful from Jurans (1995) definition of quality person in life, business, career and It is customer satisfaction. In sports. Parents awareness about education, students and stakeholders various factors related to school which are regarded as the customers. They determine their childrens success has are the key beneficiaries of rapidly been increasing. educational services. Students are Schooling beyond schools: those who are enrolled for a higher Due to knowledge explosion, it has education course. The term been stressed that schools should give stakeholder, includes all groups that more opportunities for tapping up the are affected by an education talents of young children. Gone are organizations actions and success. the days when people looked at Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK December 2013 21

schools only for knowledge development. Now it is a multi theatre of honing up skills in music, dance, drama and other cultural activities. It is a place to develop sports and games. It is a place to groom moral aspects of life, art of living, meditation and yoga. It is a place to learn the societal concepts of cooperativeness, collective bargaining and democratic ways of life. It is a place where social awakening, like illiteracy, dowry deaths, female infanticide, AIDS awareness and environmental cleanliness have to be taught to students. In total, it is a multiplex of human capabilities. The growing number of

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Volume X educational institutions especially Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools in our country have thrown open many choices for parents. These matriculation schools vie with each other to give quality education through different modes of instruction, ample infrastructure, many avenues for multifarious development in children, moral instruction, conveyance facilities, swimming pools and even horse riding. In this situation parents are provided with more choices. So, the present study had been undertaken to find out the preferences of parents when they admit students into Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools.

Table No. 1 Terms and Definitions Terms Definition Parental preferences Factors in schools identified and considered important by parents Matriculation Self-financing English Medium schools of Tamil Nadu Higher secondary Plus 2 level in 10+2+3 System of education in India Madurai A major city of Tamil Nadu Objectives of the study: 2.To find out the differences in The study had been designed with choice in terms of educational the following objectives: status of parents. 1.To find out the priority of factors Hypotheses: in the choice of matriculation higher The following are the null secondary school hypotheses formulated for the present 22 Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK December 2013

Issue 07 study: 1. There is no parental choice in selecting matriculation higher secondary schools in Madurai. 2. There is no significant difference in parental choice in terms of educational status of parents. Scope of the study: The study was confined only to the parental choice in selecting Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools in Madurai. The study was conducted with parents of students who are studying 11th and 12th standards in various matriculation higher secondary schools in Madurai. The study was confined only with urban students. The findings of the study will reveal the choice of parents in selecting matriculation higher secondary schools for their sons and daughters in Madurai. It cannot be over generalized and considered as an overall reflection of parents in all the urban centres. However, it may indicate the perceptual change in preferences of parents in urban centres for the selection of matriculation higher secondary school. Procedure in brief: The present investigation has been basically designed as a normative study with survey as the technique of

research employed. A set of factors as indicative preferences of parents was developed after having gone through the literature available, discussions held with parents, teachers and principals of various matriculation higher secondary schools in Madurai. A check list cum questionnaire as a tool to the study of the parental preferences of matriculation higher secondary schools in Madurai was used. Validity and reliability of the tool was tested. The tool was served with stratified representative sample of 1000 parents from around 30 matriculation higher secondary schools in Madurai with a fair representation given to the variables like educational qualifications and economic status. Filled in check-list cum questionnaires were collected from 450 parents. They were included in the final analysis. Percentage analysis was done for various factors identified in the study. Tests of significance of differences were employed for the comparison of different educational status of parents and for different economic status of parents to the factors identified in the study. Meaningful conclusions were drawn in terms of the objectives of the study and suitable suggestions worked out.

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Volume X Analysis and interpretation: ranking of the factors which influence The detailed analysis and parents preferences of matriculation interpretation of data and discussion higher secondary schools in Madurai of results are as follows. The average are given in Table 2. Table No. 2 Average Ranking of Parents Preferences to Factors in Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools Sl.No. Factors Ranking Order 1 Academic factors 3.93 1 2 Infrastructure factors 4.64 3 3 Administrative and Personal Relation factors 5.59 7 4 Co-curricular activities factors 5.18 6 5 Extra- curricular activities factors 5.72 8 6 Moral values and discipline factors 4.23 2 7 Convenience and conveyance factors 5.02 5 8 Fee structure 4.84 4 Table No. 3 Parents Responses To Academic Factors Vs. Educational Qualifications Wise Sl. No Educational N Mean S.D. t LoS Qualifications 1 Illiterates 80 2.25 0.70 1.4652 N.S. Literates 230 2.09 0.73 2 Illiterates 80 2.25 0.70 1.2927 N.S. Graduates 140 2.10 0.66 3 Literates 230 2.09 0.73 0.1126 N.S. Graduates 140 2.10 0.66 Academic It is evident from the above Table Moral values and discipline no. 2 that the following is the order of Infrastructure factors according to the average of Fee structure ranking by parents, which influence Convenience and transport the parents preferences of Co-curricular activities matriculation higher secondary schools Administrative and Personal in Madurai. Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK December 2013 24

Issue 07 relations factors Extra- curricular activities The details of statistical measures and tests of significance of difference between the mean responses of parents to academic factors in terms of educational qualifications (illiterates, literates and graduates) are given in Table 3 in the previous page. It is evident from Table 3 that no significant differences exist among illiterate parents, literate parents and parents with graduation in their mean responses to academic factors. So the null hypothesis is accepted. It can be inferred from the above table that the illiterate parents, literate parents and parents with graduation have no differences in their preferences of schools to academic factors. Ranking: The following is the order of factors according to the average of ranking by parents which influence the parents

preferences of matriculation higher secondary schools of Madurai. In the ranking of factors by parents they have given foremost importance to Academic factors. Secondly, Moral values and Discipline factors is given importance. Thirdly, Infrastructure factors are given importance. Fifthly, Convenience and conveyance factors are given importance. Sixthly, Cocurricular Activities is given importance. Administrative and personal relations factors and Extra-curricular activities factors found 7th and 8th place in the order of importance given by parents. Conclusions: So, academic, moral/ discipline factors and Infrastructures should be given prime importance by private schools, as these will ensure better learning atmosphere. These are the educational implications of the present study. Parents have to take it as a challenge to get these for their wards.

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Volume X Date: To Subscription Division, Journal of School Social Work, 8 (New 14), Sridevi Colony, 7th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 600083 Past Subscription no:

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