ERIC Number: ED021816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Feb-20
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Undergraduate Social Research in Education Training Project (January 1-December 31, 1967).
Burma, John H.
A 1-year program was aimed at training 9 undergraduate students in techniques of social research and statistics as they apply to the field of education. During the second semester of their junior year trainees took a 4-credit-hour course in methods of social research and participated in a 2-credit project involving lectures, conferences, field trips, and group and independent research design projects. They drew a random sample of residents in a school district and prepared a schedule of factual and attitudinal questions to be administered during the summer. In the first semester of their junior year they took a 4-credit-hour seminar in the sociology of education with guest lectures, field trips, and telelectures as supplements. The paralleled 2-credit projects consisted of working with the previously gathered data doing coding, card punching and sorting, and statistical analysis. The training aspect of the program is considered successful, and the objective of motivating trainees to enter the field of educational research may prove to be also: 8 of the 9 plan to attend graduate school, 6 in either sociology or education. The local objective to gather and make available to the community information on attitudes toward local educational issues may yet be realized. Major difficulties were organizational, stemming from coordination with the sponsoring agency. (JS).
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Grinnell Coll., IA.