University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0539
Survey Title Survey of Parents/guardians' Attitudes toward School Education, 2003
Depositor Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute
(Former Name:Benesse Corporation)
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Summary This survey is an attitude survey of school education conducted jointly by Benesse Future Education Center and the Asahi Shimbun Company, with guardians of elementary school and junior high school students as subjects.

Currently, various reforms are being attempted on a trial and error basis and opinions are widely being sought on expectations for school education, educational reform, education outside of school, etc. Under such circumstance, what do guardians expect from and think about school? In the course of the survey, we believe we have gathered data that will prove useful in the future reconsideration of educational practices.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Guardians of second-grade and fifth-grade elementary school students and second-year junior high school students in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 6,288 people (number of questionnaires distributed: 8,503 people, response rate: 74.0%)
Date of Collection 2003-12 ~ 2004-01
December 2003 to January 2004
Time Period 2003 ~ 2004
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Other
Participating schools: 26 public elementary schools, 20 public junior high schools
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Household self-administered questionnaire survey distributed and collected through schools
Investigator Benesse Corporation, the Asahi Shimbun Company
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0539
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Respondent’s children
Gender of children, year in school, birth order, number of children, relationship

(2) School attended by children
Expectations for guidance and efforts on the part of school, desire for school open houses and participation in school, cooperation with school, level of satisfaction with guidance and efforts, level of general satisfaction with school

(3) Children’s education in general
Expectations for education outside of school (after-school lessons, tutoring schools (juku), etc.), types of after-school lessons, number of times attending tutoring schools (juku) per week, hours spent studying when attending tutoring school (juku) each time, hours spent studying at home per day, grades received at school, out-of-school educational expenses, feeling of burden of educational expenses, desired level of education for children, points that respondent sees as important when children enter college

(4) Educational reform and education in Japan in general
For or against educational reform (19 items), opinion on education (deciding curriculum, competition between schools, textbook levels), thoughts on hours spent on learning subjects, thoughts on educational disparities, knowledge of the Basic Act on Education, thoughts on revising the Basic Act on Education, awareness of state of education

(5) Situation of respondent and family
Ages of mother and father of the child, occupation of mother of the child, family structure, number of household family members, home environment (personal computers, books, study room, information devices for children’s use, pets, parent’s level of educational attainment, etc.), sense of financial comfort
Date of Release 2007/04/19
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Compulsory and pre-school education
Family life and marriage
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2007-04-19
Notes for Users Names of schools and municipalities surveyed cannot be revealed, but files are provided with macro data on regions in which schools are located.