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Influential factors behind parents’ general satisfaction with compulsory schools in Iceland

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland (UI)
dc.contributor.author Jónsdóttir, Kristín
dc.contributor.author Bæck, Unn-Doris K.
dc.contributor.author Bjornsdottir, Amalia
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-03T13:21:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-03T13:21:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-04
dc.identifier.citation Kristín Jónsdóttir, Amalía Björnsdóttir & Unn-Doris K. Bæck (2017) Influential factors behind parents’ general satisfaction with compulsory schools in Iceland, Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, 3:2, 155-164, DOI: 10.1080/20020317.2017.1347012
dc.identifier.issn 2002-0317
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/660
dc.description.abstract Parents’ experiences and satisfaction with their child’s compulsory school are affected by several factors. Some, such as parents’ education and marital status, are social factors, while others are school factors that local leaders and school personnel can address. Findings build on data from an online questionnaire to parents in 20 compulsory schools in Iceland (n = 2129). Factor analysis generated two factors: communication and teaching. These, together with a question on parents’ overall satisfaction with the school, were used as outcome variables in a regression analysis exploring what influences parents’ satisfaction with the school. The majority of parents were satisfied, which may make it is easy to overlook those who are dissatisfied. Parents who felt that their children had special needs that were not acknowledged in school were more likely to be dissatisfied than other parents. Educational background was also influential. Single mothers were overrepresented in the group of unsatisfied parents; they experienced more difficulties in communicating with school personnel, believed less in the possibility for parents to influence the school, and more frequently experienced that their child’s need for special support was not met in school. The findings imply that equity in Icelandic schools is disputable.
dc.format.extent 155-164
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy;3(2)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Foreldrar
dc.subject Viðhorf
dc.subject Félagslegar aðstæður
dc.subject Grunnskólar
dc.subject Parental involvement
dc.subject Social factors
dc.subject Single mothers
dc.subject Parent satisfaction
dc.title Influential factors behind parents’ general satisfaction with compulsory schools in Iceland
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/20020317.2017.1347012
dc.relation.url https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/20020317.2017.1347012
dc.contributor.school Menntavísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of education (UI)

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