ERIC Number: ED246128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Practice Makes Perfect? Skills Gained in Seven Years of Questionnaires.
Jackson, Elaine E.; Schuyler, Nancy B.
Based on seven years of surveying students, parents, and educators, the following conclusions were reached: (1) preliminary telephoning of graduates to verify addresses did not produce higher returns from those contacted; (2) cover letters printed on more expensive colored-letterhead stationary did not produce a higher return rate than the same letter photocopied all in black; (3) no differences were found in return rates from graduates whose surveys were mailed to arrive on Wednesday and those whose questionnaires were to arrive on Saturday; (4) fewer responses were received from graduates who received "cute" reminders than from those whose reminders were more businesslike; (5) no difference was found in return rate on parent questionnaires when half were mailed first class and half bulk rate; (6) on computer-printed teacher questionnaires, half of the teachers who returned questionnaires did not respond to the free-response items; and (7) free-response items where blank spaces were left for responses were completed more often by administrators than those where lines were printed in. Additional post hoc findings and an optical-scan form on which to print unique questionnaires are also described. (BW)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Districts, Surveys, Test Construction, Test Format
Office of Research and Evaluation, AISD, 6100 Guadalupe, Box 79, Austin, TX 78752.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).