ERIC Number: ED299232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-7
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An Introductory Educational Research Course: A Survey of Graduate Students Who Have Found it Helpful on the Job.
Todd, Robert F.; Reece, Carol C.
A study conducted in 1987 focused on the extent to which a graduate introductory educational research course was helpful to the students who had taken it. Responses from 340 former students indicated that they had been able to utilize in their jobs basic skills developed in the course. The purpose of the present study, which focuses on those 340 former respondents who found the course helpful, sought to determine specific ways in which the course had helped them in their work. Specific items were included in the instrument from which more information could be gained about occupational categories and those topics or skills covered in the course which they found helpful. While a high percentage of the respondents were in the field of education, other fields were represented, e.g., office manager, nurse, social worker, etc. Significant differences were found between educators and non-educators in their attitudes toward the helpfulness of the course. A greater proportion of educators indicated the course was helpful in such job-related duties as interpreting standard test scores, counseling, and taking tests requiring research knowledge. Survey results are analyzed and some recommendations are made on improving and expanding the course. Data from the survey are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).