ERIC Number: ED214872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Schooling: Methodology. A Study of Schooling in the United States. Technical Report Series, No. 2.
Overman, Bette C.
In designing the "Study of Schooling" research project, it was decided that seven regions in the United States would be studied, and for each region, "triples" would be the focus of the research. A "triple" consisted of a senior high school, a feeder junior high or middle school, and a feeder elementary school. Triples were chosen that would provide a sample of schools with different combinations of size, socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic mix, and location. Methods for obtaining data included questionnaires, interviews, and observation. Data sources included teachers, parents and students, administrators and other non-teaching professionals, support staff, school board members and district personnel, and persons in the community other than parents. The research staff of the project was divided into five subgroups, with each group being responsible for one of the five major components of the study: curriculum, classroom affective environment, school-community relations, social system of the school, and social system of the classroom. Descriptions are given of the sequential research steps taken: (1) the sampling of data sources for the 1975 pilot study; (2) selection and training of personnel for data collection for the pilot study; (3) data collection procedures; (4) revision of instruments and procedures in preparation for the national study; (5) selection of schools, training of personnel, and gathering of information for the spring 1977 data collection; (6) modifications in procedure between spring 1977 and fall 1977 data collection; (7) selection of schools, training of personnel, and gathering of information for the fall 1977 data collection; (8) feedback of data to schools; and (9) data organization and analysis. Appended are samples of the research instruments and tabular displays of data obtained from the instruments. (JD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Processing, Institutional Characteristics, Parent Attitudes, Pilot Projects, Research Design, Research Methodology, School Size, Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Development of Educational Activities, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education