ERIC Number: ED228155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
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Multisite Qualitative Policy Research in Education: A Study of Recent Federal Experience. Final Report.
Herriott, Robert E.; Firestone, William A.
A comparison of multisite educational research projects involving qualitative research methods is reported. In phase 1 of the project, telephone interviews with key staff members of 25 projects determined ways in which each project handled important qualitative design and implementation choices. Phase 2 consisted of a more intensive study of 5 projects: the Rural Experimental Schools Study, Experience-Based Career Education, Career Intern Program, Parental Involvement Study, and Dissemination Efforts Supporting School Improvement. Extensive interviews with key project members determined the project history, the interests of project staff and relevant outsiders, and methodological and administrative dilemmas characteristic of policy research. Telephone interviews were conducted with federal officials who monitored each project. Differences in the degree to which the methodologies of these projects were formalized were substantial. Formalization entails codification of questions and variables, standardization of data collection methods, and systematic reduction of verbal narrative to codes and categories. The variation results from different adaptations of social science to policy research and is more a function of the professional preferences of the research team than of the technical requirements of policy research or the desires of those who commissioned it. Appendices include profiles of the 25 multisite studies, tables, and an annotated bibliography. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
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