ERIC Number: ED021561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Research Training Institute: Principles and Methods of Applied Research for Junior College Researchers. Final Report.
Merson, Thomas B.
This report describes two 4-week research training institutes (July 1966), supported by USOE funds, and designed to increase the competence of junior college research directors and staff. Organized by the California Junior College Association (and the University of California Extension Division), the institutes were held concurrently at the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses. Fifty trainees from 11 states took part in day-long sessions covering research methodology and design, statistical analysis, computer technology, and the writing of research reports. The report discusses the process of recruiting trainees, characteristics of the trainee groups, and the purposes and program of the institute. Strengths noted in the evaluation include (1) timeliness of the training, (2) advantages of the intense review, (3) merits of the practical focus, (4) competence of the staff, (5) trainees' sense of responsibility, (6) their responsiveness, (7) merits of the projects submitted by the trainees, and (8) an opportunity to improve competence in computer use. Major difficulties stemmed from late approval of the project. Trainees recommended that future institutes be at least four weeks, that instruction allow for differences in their preparation time and experience, and that more time be given to problem-oriented instruction. Each trainee developed a research project to do at his own college in the 1966-67 year. (HH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Junior Coll. Association, Sacramento.