The purpose of this study was to identify the factors affecting the processes Christian parents use when selecting schools for their children. The methodology was a qualitative, grounded theory design. Interview transcripts, the researcher's field notes, and reflective journal were analyzed for themes that characterize the process the participants used when they choose schools for their children. Comparative analysis, including open, axial, and selective coding, was used to reduce the coded statements to five code families. The code families were (a) Decision-Making Process, (b) The Influence on or by the Child, (c) Parents, (d) Academics/Extracurricular Activities, and (e) Religion. Comparisons were made across the code families, and the core category of decision-making process was determined; from it emerged as the theory of satisficing. The process Christian parents use when selecting schools for their children is characterized by satisficing or the search for a school by parents only to the point where their minimum objectives are met.
|Commitee:||Cox, William F., Jr., Hunt, Carle M., Swezey, James|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational sociology, Religious education, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Christian, Parent involvement, Satisficing, School choice|
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