ERIC Number: ED197061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Status Study of Precollege Science Education. Methodological Report.
Case Studies in Science Education used a combined research approach of case study and survey to address the question of the status of science education in the United States. Nine experienced researchers with backgrounds in anthropology, sociology, educational psychology, and science education conducted eleven case studies. These field researchers used observation and formal and informal interviews to provide most of the data. Review of written materials added information. Interest was in discovering issues within each site and not in predetermined variables. The survey was designed to provide additional interpretations and information on the extent of generalizability of the case study data. A relatively innovative approach to survey research was taken in using issue findings as the survey's primary conceptual structure. Each issue was portrayed through a scenario (a contrived illustration with related questions) of the survey. Members of nine organizations who reviewed the study reports generally appreciated the combination of approaches. Drawbacks to case studies included report length and cost in time and money. Survey research could be done more cheaply and reach more respondents and result in broad coverage of some pre-determined properties. Greater use of the survey in combination with case study would give a broader and deeper portrayal of issues within a given setting. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents see CE 027 233 and CE 027 652. Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Conference (New Orleans, LA, December 9, 1980).