ERIC Number: ED277080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-21
Reference Count: 0
The Self-Reported Impact of Needs Assessment Studies.
Carlson, Robert V.
A six-state survey conducted during the 1984-85 school year revealed that though school personnel feel that the actual impact of needs assessment studies on school improvement in general matches fairly well with the potential impact of such studies, these personnel also feel that the impact of needs assessment studies on specific categories of improvements lags behind the potential impact. One principal and two teachers completed the survey instruments in each of the 40 schools or districts responding. The specific areas in which the impact of needs assessment studies on improvement was examined were instructional and noninstructional activities, the curriculum, school goals, school problems, and school policies. The survey findings also indicated that the top performing schools reported greater overall performance in nearly all categories. Teachers and principals agreed on the degree of impact in most categories. The type of needs assessment approach used by the schools appeared to have only minor impact on the degree of performance. Charts presenting the findings graphically are included. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Graduate Coll.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Educational Planning (Kansas City, MO, October 20-22, 1985).