Date of Award
Education Specialist (Ed.S)
Advanced Education Programs
The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the knowledge and the attitudes of superintendents, teachers, and school board members, regarding the funding of education in Kansas. The independent variables investigated in this study were title, time in position, formal education of school financing, home ownership, and perception of tax rate. The dependent variables were the knowledge scores and attitude scores. Questionnaires were mailed to 100 randomly selected school districts in Kansas. The superintendent of that school district completed one questionnaire and selected a teachers and a school board member to each complete a questionnaire. Ninety-one usable questionnaires were returned of which 42 superintendents, 29 teachers and 20 school board members’ responses. The independent variables were title, time in position, formal education of school financing, home ownership, and perception of tax rate. The dependent variables were the knowledge scores and attitude scores on the completed questionnaires. Seven null hypotheses were tested. Eleven comparisons were made. Seven were for main effects. Four main effects were statistically significant. The four main effects were for title and knowledge; title and attitude; title and tax rate opinion; and attitude and tax rate opinions. Of the eleven comparisons, four were for interactions. One interaction was statistically significant. The interaction between title and tax rate opinion was statistically significant. The results of this study indicated support for the following generalizations: a) superintendents have greater knowledge of school finance than teachers and board members, b) superintendents are more in agreement with the present financial policies than teachers and school board members, c) taking a course in school finance has no association with knowledge or attitude toward school finance, d) title and opinion toward tax rate are associated with attitude toward finance, and e) those with greater knowledge tend to agree more with the present financial policies.
Copyright 1989 Ronald Pickard
Pickard, Ronald, "Educator Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Equity in Funding Kansas Education" (1989). Master's Theses. 2118.