ERIC Number: ED238606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Q-Sort As a Needs Assessment Technique. Technical Note No. 21.
A technical note based on the Indonesian Nonformal Education Project discusses use of Q-sort, originally a research technique for studying small groups or individuals, as a needs assessment method. The background of Q-sort, designed to take subjective factors into account, is covered, and its use in needs assessment described: cards, each of which shows a single idea or problem, are ranked from 1 to 11 (or less) and sorted into piles according to perceived importance, after which the distribution of cards is recorded on a score sheet. Use of Q-sort for evaluation in the Indonesian project is discussed, including objectives in using Q-sort: providing interaction between provincial staff and central Project staff, obtaining a list of needs and problems, giving staff practice in scoring techniques, exposing staff to a participatory training model, and using ranked information from each Q-sort as the foundation for in-depth interviews. Implementation of Q-sort is detailed; major stages are: preliminary interviews to collect statements to be written on the Q-sort cards, actual Q-sorting, and in-depth follow-up interviews based on responses gained from the sorting procedures. A list of problem statements, an individual score sheet, and a consolidated score sheet are included. Advantages and disadvantages of Q-sort for needs assessment are summarized. (MH)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Improvement Programs, Inservice Education, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Organizational Objectives, Problem Solving, Problems, Professional Continuing Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Q Methodology, Records (Forms), Research Methodology, Training Objectives
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: World Bank, Washington, DC.; Ministry of Education and Culture (Indonesia).
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.