ERIC Number: ED366612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Research--Past, Present, and Future as Viewed by Graduates of an Educational Research Program.
Jarrell, Michele G.; And Others
The objectives of this study were to determine the adequacy of the preparation of Educational Research graduates from the University of Alabama, assess their employment history, and solicit opinions concerning the present and future status of Educational Research. A survey instrument mailed to graduates (Ed.S. and Ph.D) from 1973 to the present contained a variety of item formats, and a better than 84 percent return was obtained. Quantitative data were analyzed using primarily frequencies and percentages. Results indicated a change in program emphasis over the past 20 years including increased emphasis on the use of micro- and mainframe computers and an expansion of statistics and measurement offerings. A majority of the respondents secured a position within the first year of graduation and have remained in that position. Most of the graduates conduct research studies in their position. Graduates viewed the research program favorably, and many suggestions for improvement have already been implemented. The future outlook of the respondents included the continued lack of adequate funding for research and an increased need for Educational Researchers whose efforts can be directed at providing information to a variety of agencies to aid in decision-making, and assist and inform groups engaged in educational reform efforts. (Contains 11 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Research, Employment Level, Employment Potential, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Graduate Students, Higher Education, Measurement Techniques, Outcomes of Education, Research Needs, Research Utilization, Researchers, Statistics, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cooperative Research Act 1954 Title VII; Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).