ERIC Number: ED233052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
What "Should Be" in the High School Curriculum: A Cooperative Approach Using Survey Research Methods, or, Convincing Local School Boards of the Value of Survey Research.
Franz, Jennifer D.
A community-wide survey to examine needed changes in the Sacramento City Unified School District high school program was designed and implemented. Because of problems encountered in presenting a proposal, a major initial and ongoing objective was the education of administrators and board members in conducting a valid community survey. Underlying design premises were that many segments of the community have valid opinions on subjects related to schools, survey research provides a mechanism for basing decisions on total community views, school district personnel who determine changes in school programs should "own" the research upon which decisions are made, and administrators should fully understand the procedures and reasons for them. In a three-stage priority-setting process, high priority and low priority questions were drafted. The final draft was evaluated by the principals. Actual conduct of the telephone survey used a random-digit-dialed sample. Although administrators took strong exception to several community opinions, the issues were debated on their merits rather than through an attack on the research. Client "ownership" and methodological understanding of the survey was worthwhile. (CN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sacramento City Unified School District CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).