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ERIC Number: ED317623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Pages: 23
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Partners in Research: Methodological Concerns of Schools Collaborating with Social Service Agencies on a Dropout Survey.
Holder, Anne
This paper traces the process of designing and administering a structured survey on dropping out of school to demonstrate the means by which working with organizations and their clients impacts research methodology. A dropout accounting system had been developed for the Ysleta Independent School District, a district with an enrollment of 50,000 students in El Paso (Texas). The researcher who had developed the system subsequently worked with a coalition of youth agencies--the El Paso Youth Network--to develop a dropout survey. Four design considerations arose: these involved identifying who would actually administer the questionnaire; means of developing clear and standard instructions; maintenance of client confidentiality and privacy; and logistical concerns including length of administration. A two-phased field testing process is length of administration. A two-phased field testing process is described. Numerous problems arose during the development of questionnaire items. Working with the youth agencies provided ready access to a population often difficult to access. Nevertheless, certain sacrifices in the research methodology resulted from tapping into extant social service schedules, policies, and personnel. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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