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dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Sarah Taltonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:08:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:08:31Z
dc.date.issued2007-03-14en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-03262007-125259en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/26507
dc.description.abstractThe demography of the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented transition that will result in persons age 65 and over outnumbering children by the year 2030 (MacManus, 1995). This demographic shift has the potential to give elderly voters significant influence over public education funding (Poterba, 1997). The purpose of this study was to describe the phenomenon of elderly voter attitudes toward public education funding in a rural county. By engaging elderly voters in dialogue that captured the essence of their lived experiences in school and in the community, valuable information related to how those experiences had nurtured community loyalty or fostered rational self-interest was obtained. A phenomenological approach rooted in the tenets of narrative analysis was used as the framework for the research design in this study. The setting was a rural county in a mid-Atlantic state. Ten volunteers were solicited from among typical elderly voters in the county. Data were collected from personal interviews, field notes, interview notes and reflexive notes. Constant-comparative analysis was conducted in accordance with a three-iteration strategy to develop within and across-case analyses. Code-mapping was used to develop a visible audit trail. Personal narratives based on information obtained from the four data sources were written for each participant. The themes that resulted from an analysis of each narrative across all cases were applied to the economic theories of community loyalty and rational self-interest. The application of the emergent themes relative to each theory led to the conclusion that the lived experiences of the ten participants in school and in the community had impacted their attitudes toward public education funding. The identification of these experiences has implications for local education policy makers as they engage in strategic planning initiatives.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectelderlyen_US
dc.subjectvoteren_US
dc.subjectattitudesen_US
dc.subjecteducation fundingen_US
dc.subjectruralen_US
dc.subjectqualitative studyen_US
dc.titleElderly Voter Attitudes toward Public Education Funding in a Rural County: A Qualitative Studyen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBurge, Penny L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDriscoll, Lisa G.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEarthman, Glen I.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWorner, Wayne Dempseyen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-03262007-125259/en_US
dc.date.sdate2007-03-26en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-04-30
dc.date.adate2007-04-30en_US


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