ERIC Number: ED021801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
Educational Research Training Institute for Public School Personnel (June 27 to August 19, 1966). Final Report.
Anderson, Robert L.
Thirty-six public school teachers and administrators completed an intensive 8-week summer institute held at Eastern Michigan University in 1966 to develop greater competencies in educational research and evaluative efforts on the local school level. The program included course work in statistics, design and utilization of behavioral science evaluation instruments, and research design. With the assistance of staff consultants, trainees designed research projects intended to make significant contributions to education in general and to their school systems in particular. In addition, visiting lecturers presented programs on sampling, interviewing, computer utilization, interaction analysis, Title I evaluation, nongraded programs, and state department programs. Evaluation of the institute by both participants and staff, using rating forms and questionnaires as well as unstructured devices, indicates success in terms of work completed and objectives attained. The program's primary strength was producing a genuine appreciation and understanding of the nature of research evidence. A weakness, however, was its overemphasis on theory; seminars on applied techniques relevant to individual projects might have been more practical. Future institutes would benefit too from more adequate lead-time for publicity for briefing of administrators, and for selection of applicants who have interest and competence in basic research activity. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti.
Identifiers: Eastern Michigan University; Michigan