ERIC Number: ED364554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Process Evaluation in Dropout Prevention Programs. Detecting and Predicting Problems and Benefits through the Use of Problem Benefit/Survey.
Southard, Margarida F.
Results of a process evaluation of dropout prevention programs in the Leon County (Florida) School District during the school year 1989-90 are presented. Altogether, 11 dropout programs were operationalized in that school year. The methodology used for developing a problem and benefit survey among teachers and administrators, the results of the evaluation, and recommendations for program improvement are presented. In all, these programs served 1,900 students during the school year. All of the programs met criteria established by the school district, and featured small classes, a variety of instructional approaches, and close teacher contact with students and parents. Development of the survey began with identification of areas of concern through 38 qualitative interviews with teachers and administrators. The instrument, which consisted of 43 statements in 8 problem areas, was sent to 118 teachers and 32 administrators, with responses from 70 teachers and 23 program administrators. Teachers saw more serious problems than did administrators, but all respondents indicated that small class size and the opportunity for personal counseling were the main benefits of the programs. An appendix summarizes the perceptions of respondents. One figure and six tables present study findings. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrators, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Research, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Interviews, Mail Surveys, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, Test Construction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Administrator Surveys; Leon County School District FL; Problem Identification; Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Evaluation Association (Tallahassee, FL, January 1991). For a related document, see TM 020 702.