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ERIC Number: ED064404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 10
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The Nationwide Survey.
Willard, Richard W.
Evaluation in education has come to be seen as an essential ingredient in educational decision making. Decisions to be made by educators cover a wide spectrum, varying according to the role of the teacher, principal, and superintendent. Education is essentially discussed at the Federal level and the nature of surveys, which is the sole efficient way of assessing the characteristics and needs of the countless school districts in the United States is discussed. The design or structure of a survey depends first of all on its intended objectives, i.e., the types of questions it hopes its respondents will answer. A type of pyramiding is described for conducting federal-state programs. The use of the survey to collect other than routine data is discussed. It is concluded that because of the limitations inherent with surveys, they should be used mainly as a means to answer a few simple policy questions that require data that can be collected reasonably accurately without creating undue response burdens. (CK)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the AERA for a symposium on "Some Problems Associated with Nationwide Evaluation of Educational Problems in Schools," (Chicago, Ill., April 1972)