Need for Study
A doctoral research study [McCormack, P. (1995)]. Catholic Elementary Schools as Agents of Parent Formation Needs as Perceived by Parents] sought to discover how well the Catholic elementary school functioned as an agent of formative parenting for parents whose children were enrolled in the K-8 Catholic elementary schools of a small diocese in northern California. The study incorporated a quantitative, descriptive, time bound, cross-sectional evaluative survey which utilized both questionnaire and interview format to assess the issue. Parent selection for inclusion in the study was determined by a purposive stratified proportional random sampling. A representative sample of 332 parents participated which presented a response rate of 94%. The study revealed agreement in parent perceptions which transcended socio-economic status, ethnicity, parental experience and parental education.