Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Susan Kane-Ronning


The views of students, parents and teachers were examined in an effort to better understand the relationship between these three segments. Each segment's unique perspective was pursued as a starting point for improving student success. Six elementary students, their parents, and six classroom teachers talk about the purpose of education, the problems facing education, and who is responsible for improving education. Interview responses indicate a minimal division of unity between the three segments. The findings suggest that education is more greatly affected by societal trends than a lack of agreement between the home and school.