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Office of School Professional Orientation

of 1st General Lyceum of Kalamaria,


Thessaloniki, Greece

An Interactive Triangle
Students - Parents - Teachers
Learning by doing
A Grundtvig project 2008 - 2009

The school teacher, the educational orientation


of young people and the teachers
Questionnaire of self-evaluation of indicative attitudes
of the parents

Questionnaire processing

Thessaloniki, November 2008


The school teacher, the educational orientation of young people and
the teachers
Questionnaire of self-evaluation of indicative attitudes of the parents

Instructions

Below there is a list consisting of 24 sentences with indicative attitudes of the


parents towards their children regarding some very important issues which concern
directly and influence the way that young people make their choices and decisions
and get prepared for new directions.
The list is not complete, but it covers indicative areas concerning the values,
expectations and indicative attitudes of the parents on issues which are related to the
school teacher and the future career of their children.
Next to each one of the sentences on the list that follows, there is an evaluation
rate. Circle the number that best expresses the rate of your agreement with what is
referred on each sentence.

Evaluation scale

1=Absolutely Agree
2=Agree
3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree
4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree

Try to avoid rate number 3, because it might show that you are not probably aware of
some of your attitudes, or you might want to avoid taking a view on several important
issues of this questionnaire.

1
1. (*) I don’t consider my child being an extension of myself. 1 2 3 4 5
2. My own experience enables me to know better what is good for my child. 1 2 3 4 5
3. (*) I believe that young people have the critical ability needed for taking important
1 2 3 4 5
decisions.
4. I can make a lot of sacrifices for my children, on the condition that they get high
1 2 3 4 5
grades at school.
5. I believe that my child must succeed in the entrance examinations for university,
1 2 3 4 5
because this way the family’s status will rise.
6. (*).I don’t try to influence my child on the choice for the education and future
1 2 3 4 5
career that I consider correct.
7. I am not obliged to support my child financially for the educational or professional
1 2 3 4 5
choices that I disagree with.
8. If my child succeeds in the entrance examinations for the university, he/she will
1 2 3 4 5
definitely have a successful career.
9. I compare my child’s achievements to the achievements of the children of my
relatives or acquaintances, so that my child will keep up with them and make more 1 2 3 4 5
efforts.
10 (*) I don’t think that the fact that my child has succeeded in entering university will
1 2 3 4 5
guarantee the quality of his/her studies, or his/her future career.
11 As a parent, I have the ability to know very well my child’s abilities and skills. 1 2 3 4 5
12 (*) I will not think that my child is unsuccessful if he/she fails entering university,
1 2 3 4 5
although this would be something I would desire for him/her.
13 It is not necessary for Upper-High school students to have their personal life,
because this will affect their time to study and be prepared for the university 1 2 3 4 5
examinations in a negative way.
14 (*) I encourage my child to have alternative choices in his/her targets, in case
1 2 3 4 5
his/her first target regarding his/her studies in university is not going to be realized.
15 Although I can afford to pay for my child’s studies in another city in our own
country or in another country, I will try to avoid it, because I believe that he/she is 1 2 3 4 5
not capable of living alone, away from home.
16 (*) I believe that time allocated for studies can be combined with pleasant free-time
1 2 3 4 5
activities, as well.
17 I feel very anxious for my child’s future and I am afraid that this anxiety has been
1 2 3 4 5
transferred from me to my child.
18 (*) I observe my child’s efforts for a successful future career with affection and
interest without trying to disorientate him/her to directions that would satisfy my 1 2 3 4 5
own desires for him/her.
19 (*) Acknowledging how complicated the professional world is today, I do not
encourage my child to follow directions that would lead to a narrow professional 1 2 3 4 5
training.
20 I believe that a good counselor should inform us on which professions our children
1 2 3 4 5
should follow.
21 (*) I believe that a good counselor of professional orientation should help young
people not only with the exploration of various aspects of their inner world
1 2 3 4 5
(interests, inclinations, skills, abilities), but also with their efforts to develop
themselves in a flexible and active way.
22 (*) I help my child to develop the ability to search actively and analyse critically as
1 2 3 4 5
much information as possible.
23 (*) I believe that a young person’s decision will have the desirable results only
when it is based on the deep knowledge of themselves and the reality of the world 1 2 3 4 5
around them.
24 I believe that the best way for a young person to choose his/her studies and the
profession that best suits him/her is to visit any Center of Professional Orientation 1 2 3 4 5
that has special tests.

2
SELF–EVALUATION

The sentences with the asterisk (*) are evaluated positively if we give them grade
1 or 2. These sentences are 12 and, consequently, if we add our grades, we will totally
have a sum between 12 and 24, which will mean that we have positive attitudes
towards our children’s (and generally young people’s) personalities and their right to
choose their own targets, to take decisions and to prepare themselves for these
decisions, while we adopt a supportive attitude towards them and not an attitude of
direct intervention in their life according to our own desires which we often are not
aware of and have not analysed critically.
Contrary, the sentences without an asterisk are evaluated positively, if the grade
we have given to them is 5 or 4. These sentences are also 12, so if we add their grades
and we have a total sum from 48 to 70, then we can say that we are quite aware of the
contemporary issues concerning the healthy development of young people’s
personality, their choices, their decisions for their future and their professional
orientation. As we have already mentioned, the questionnaire is consisted of a list of
subjects which are only indicative of our attitudes on essential issues concerning
young people.
Therefore, the conclusion that will come out of this total sum with our answers
should not, in any case, be considered as the typical definition of a ‘good’ parent. We
consider that the total number of the above sentences functions as a motive that can
help us think more seriously on certain issues which are important for the future
career of young people.
We also believe that it is very useful, the subjects included in the above
questionnaire, to be discussed between parents and students and to function as simple
motives for a fruitful conversation and deep thought.

3
1. (*) I don’t consider my child being an extension of myself.
56 26 8 8

question 1

4 5
3 8% 2%
8%

1
2
2 3
26% 1
56% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
2. My own experience enables me to know better what is good for my
child. 18 40 5 20

question 2

5 1
17% 18%

1
4
20% 2
3
3 2 4
5% 40% 5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
3. (*) I believe that young people have the critical ability needed for
taking important decisions. 16 47 16 16

question 3

3
16%
4
16%

5 1
5% 2
2 3
47% 1
4
16%
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
4. I can make a lot of sacrifices for my children, on the condition that
they get high grades at school. 7 10 7 40

question 4

1 2
3
7% 10%
7%

1
2
5
36% 4 3
40% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
5. I believe that my child must succeed in the entrance examinations
for university, because this way the family’s status will rise.
2 5 5 34

question 5

1 2
3
2% 5%
5%

1
5 2
4
54% 3
34%
4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
6. (*) I don’t try to influence my child on the choice for the education
and future career that I consider correct. 24 60 8 8

question 6

3
8%
4
8% 5
0%

1
2
2
60% 1 3
24%
4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
7. I am not obliged to support my child financially for the educational
or professional choices that I disagree with. 40

question 7

1
0%
2
0%
5 3
60% 0%

1
2
4 3
40% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
8. If my child succeeds in the entrance examinations for the university,
he/she will definitely have a successful career. 7 16 5 56

question 8

2 3
16% 5%
1
7%

5 1
16% 2
3
4
56% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
9. I compare my child’s achievements to the achievements of the
children of my relatives or acquaintances, so that my child will keep
up with them and make more efforts. 0 10 4 42

question 9

2 3
1
10% 4%
0%

1
2
4
3
5 42%
44% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
10. (*) I don’t think that the fact that my child has succeeded in entering
university will guarantee the quality of his/her studies, or his/her
future career. 32 34 12 16

question 10

4
16% 5
3 6%
12%

1
2
3
1
4
32%
5
2
34%
1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree
3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
11. As a parent, I have the ability to know very well my child’s abilities
and skills. 10 52 6 24

question 11

3
6% 4
24%

1
5
2
8%
3
2
1 4
52%
10% 5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
12. (*) I will not think that my child is unsuccessful if he/she fails
entering university, although this would be something I would
desire for him/her. 50 40 6 2

question 12

3 4 5
6% 2% 2%

2
40%

1
2
1 3
50% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
13. It is not necessary for Upper-High school students to have their
personal life, because this will affect their time to study and be
prepared for the university examinations in a negative way.
2 6 8 42

question 13

1 2 3
2% 6% 8%

1
2
5 4 3
42% 42% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
14. (*) I encourage my child to have alternative choices in his/her
targets, in case his/her first target regarding his/her studies in
university is not going to be realized. 55 41 2 0

question 14
3
2%
4
0%
2
5
41%
2%

1
2
3
4
1 5
55%
1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree
3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
15. Although I can afford to pay for my child’s studies in another city in
our own country or in another country, I will try to avoid it, because
I believe that he/she is not capable of living alone, away from home.
5 6 11 45

question 15

2 3
1
6% 11%
5%

1
2
5
3
33%
4 4
45% 5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
16. (*) I believe that time allocated for studies can be combined with
pleasant free-time activities, as well. 66 30 0 0

question 16

5
4%
4
0%
3 1
0% 66%

1
2
2 3
30%
4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
17. I feel very anxious for my child’s future and I am afraid that this
anxiety has been transferred from me to my child. 10 14 4 48

question 17

2
1 3
14%
10% 4%

5 1
24% 2
4 3
48% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
18. (*) I observe my child’s efforts for a successful future career with
affection and interest without trying to disorientate him/her to
directions that would satisfy my own desires for him/her.
40 44 10 2

question 18

3 4 5
10% 2% 4%

1
1 2
40%
3
2
44% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
19. (*) Acknowledging how complicated the professional world is
today, I do not encourage my child to follow directions that would
lead to a narrow professional training. 11 61 11 17

question 19

1
5
11%
0%
4
17%

1
2
3
2 3
11%
61% 4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
20. I believe that a good counselor should inform us on which
professions our children should follow. 29 51 4 10

question 20

3 4
4% 10% 5
6%

1
1
2 2
29%
51% 3
4
5
1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree
3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
21. (*) I believe that a good counselor of professional orientation should
help young people not only with the exploration of various aspects
of their inner world (interests, inclinations, skills, abilities), but also
with their efforts to develop themselves in a flexible and active way.
45 43 10 0

question 21

4
3 0%
10% 5
2%

1
2
2
43% 3
1 4
45%
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
22. (*) I help my child to develop the ability to search actively and
analyse critically as much information as possible. 30 56 8 4

question 22

3 4
8% 5
4% 2%

1
1
30% 2
2
3
56%
4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
23. (*) I believe that a young person’s decision will have the desirable
results only when it is based on the deep knowledge of themselves
and the reality of the world around them. 44 48 2 4

question 23

3 4 5
2% 4% 2%

1
2 2
1
48% 44% 3
4
5

1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree


3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
24. I believe that the best way for a young person to choose his/her
studies and the profession that best suits him/her is to visit any
Center of Professional Orientation that has special tests.
16 25 16 35

question 24

3
2 16%
25%

1
2
3
1 4 4
16% 35%
5
5
8% 1=Absolutely Agree 2=Agree
3=Neither Agree Nor Disagree 4=Disagree
5=Absolutely Disagree
An Interactive Triangle
Students - Parents - Teachers
Learning by doing
A Grundtvig project 2008 - 2009

Office of School Professional Orientation


of 1st General Lyceum of Kalamaria,
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki, November 2008