University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0902
Survey Title Survey of Parents/guardians' Attitudes toward School Education, 2008
Depositor Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This survey was conducted with the intention of clarifying guardians’ attitudes to school education. We asked their opinions on a variety of subjects, including the things they expect from school education, school reform, and education outside of school. As a variety of reforms are being tested, we aim to understand what guardians expect and think of school education. We believe we have gathered data that will prove useful in the future reconsideration of educational practices.

We have implemented the same surveys in 2004 to facilitate comparisons with the result. For the 2004 survey, please refer to the survey number 0539.

 The special characteristics of this survey can be summarized as the following.
 1. It can grasp changes occurring across eras.
 2. It can grasp the differences between elementary school and junior high school parents.
 3. It can grasp differences in attitudes resulting from different parent characteristics.

This is an attitudes survey related to education that targets parents of elementary school and junior high school children, carried out via collaboration with the Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute and the Asahi Shimbun Company.
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 5,399 people (number of questionnaires distributed: 6,901, response rate: 78.2%)
Date of Collection 2008-03-01 ~ 2008-03-01
March 1, 2008
Time Period 2008 ~ 2008
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Other
Number of participating schools: 21 public elementary schools (among them, 17 schools had participated in the previous survey), 19 public junior high schools (among them, 14 schools had participated in the previous survey)
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Household self-administered survey passed out at schools (distributed and collected via children)
Investigator Benesse Educational Research & Development Institute, the Asahi Shimbun Company
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0902
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 [Face items]
- Respondent’s children: gender, year in school, birth order, number of children, relationship
- Respondent: ages of mother and father of the child, occupation of mother of the child, family structure, number of household family members, home environment (PC, books, study room, information devices for children’s use, parent’s level of educational attainment, etc.), sense of financial comfort

[Major items]
- Things respondent expects from school education and education outside of school
- Things respondent wants from a school
- Relationship with school and teachers
- Level of satisfaction with school’s efforts
- After-school lessons and tutoring schools (juku)
- Manner of child’s learning
- Educational expenses
- Desired education level
- Junior high school entrance exam
- For or against efforts for educational reform
- For or against implementation of these efforts and systemic changes
- Opinion on education
- Revision of the curriculum guidelines
- Subjects the respondent hopes to see an increase in class hours
- State of children, home, community, and school
- Awareness of allocation of education budget

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2015/07/02
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Compulsory and pre-school education
Educational policy
Family life and marriage
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2015-07-02
Notes for Users *The following data have not been made public.
- Q1 (1)-1 school name
- Q14 (2) reasons, (3) reasons