Choosing a religious secondary school: Parental considerations

David Taub, Mati Ronen

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    This study examined the considerations involved when parents of sixth- and eighth-graders in Israeli religious state elementary schools choose a religious secondary school for their children. While academic achievement was an important factor in parental choice, as religious Jews the parents were also greatly concerned with die secondary school's religious level. By means of discriminantal analysis, our study attempted to distinguish between two groups of parents: those who stressed the institution's religious level as opposed to those who stressed its academic level. We found that more religious parents, parents who had studied in boarding schools, and parents of Western origin belonged to the first category. Parents of younger children, less religious parents, and some parents of Oriental origin belonged to the latter group. The article also treats variations in parental attitudes according to parental gender, religious and communal identification, and child's grade and gender.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-232
    Number of pages16
    JournalReligious Education
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1999


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