ERIC Number: ED202116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Survey Research in Educational Administration: A Critical Analysis.
Miskel, Cecil; Sandlin, Terry
In order to assess the methodological merit of the published research in educational administration based on surveys, the authors analyzed data from a random sample of 24 survey studies published in the "Education Administration Quarterly" and the "Journal of Educational Administration." Each article was evaluated according to six criteria governing sampling and instrumentation procedures. Raw scores, descriptive statistics, and graphical analysis were used to judge levels of quality and to test for systematic improvements in the scientific rigor of the published research. The study reveals that both journals suffer general shortcomings across a number of the quality criteria. Often methodology is treated so tersely that readers cannot evaluate the quality of procedures. The authors conclude that improvements in methodological rigor have been uneven and modest. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education Administration Quarterly; Journal of Educational Administration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).