ERIC Number: ED047873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Validity of Rating Scales and Interviews for Evaluating Indian Education; Perceptions of Indian Education. The National Study of American Indian Education, Series IV, No. 8, Final Report.
Birchard, Bruce A.
As part of the National Study of American Indian Education, this report assessed the validity of the analysis of interview and questionnaire data obtained. With some significant exceptions, agreement was good between the rating scale and questionnaire analysis and the field workers' observations on ranking and comparing the 4 schools: 3 public schools serving Indian communities on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and 1 state-operated school in Bethel, Alaska. (See other papers in Series IV of the National Study, especially numbers 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12.) Discrepancies revealed in comparison of results from the 2 types of evaluation were that (1) in evaluating parental opinions of the school administration in the schools, the field team was in marked disagreement with the scale results; (2) in ranking the 4 schools according to the teachers'"understanding of the local Indian community," there was no agreement on the ranking of 3 of the 4 schools; (3) the scales sometimes failed to differentiate between schools where the field workers felt they could; and (4) the field workers sometimes felt that no meaningful differentiation between, or ranking of, schools could be done where it had been done with the scale results. A final conclusion was that field workers need to add their observations and interpretations to the results of the interview and questionnaire analysis in preparing the reports of this study. (LS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.