Perceptions of Catholic education in the United States Virgin Islands

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Committee Member

Eugene F. Jr. Provenzo - Committee Chair


The purpose of this study was to develop a better understanding of what are the concerns and perceived needs of parents, teachers and administrators in the Catholic schools of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The study also attempted to answer the following questions: (1) Are the perceptions of parents, teachers and administrators in the Catholic schools of the Virgin Islands the same or different from one another? (2) How similar or dissimilar are the perceptions of parents, and teachers in the Catholic schools of the Virgin Islands to parents and teachers in the United States? (3) Is the Virgin Islands school system unique or different from the mainland United States? Is this because of the existence of a larger Catholic population in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 33.3%, in the U.S. Virgin Islands compared to 20% on the mainland, or reasons related to its Danish background, or some combination of these factors?The study employed qualitative and descriptive methods using survey and interview techniques. A survey questionnaire was sent to teachers and one to parents. Interviews were conducted with principals, pastors and the Bishop.The purpose of the surveys was to find out teachers' and parents' perceptions of the Catholic schools. These perceptions were discussed in detail under seven subscales in each category. A comparison was done with teachers and parents on the United States mainland.Personal interviews were conducted with the principals, pastors and the Bishop. These interviews solicited information about enrollment, finance, parental perception of Catholic education and their own perceptions of Catholic education.The study concluded that there was no significant difference between the perceptions of parents, teachers, and administrators concerning their Catholic schools in the Virgin Islands, and those on the U.S. mainland.


Education, Administration; Education, Religious

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