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ERIC Number: ED109339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 34
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A Comparison of Three Methods of Conducting a Follow-up Study.
Krueck, Thomas G.
With the increased use of the follow-up study on graduates, it has become necessary to research and compare the results of alternative methods of data collection on a diverse student population. The purpose of this study is to determine the most effective data collection method by examining the rate and nature of responses and the cost of three methods--personal interview, mailed questionnaire, and telephone survey. The study disagrees with previous research indicating that the mailed questionnaire is the most appropriate method. A comparative analysis of the three methods of conducting a follow-up study of former high school students at the Skyline Career Development Center (CDC) was designed to compile and design survey instruments, to incorporate and document the appropriate methodologies, and to obtain meaningful information on graduates and dropouts to provide a basis for program alteration. From the evaluation of cost, data analysis, findings, and interpretation, it was found that telephone surveys combined with mailed questionnaires elicited a higher and more critical response rate at less cost for both small and large districts. For best results, recommended basic procedures are: accurate identification of the student population, careful use of clerical personnel, and goal-oriented instrumentation. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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