ERIC Number: ED330703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Methods and Instruments Used To Conduct Follow-Up Studies of Teacher Education Graduates.
Bond, Frances T.
Methods and instruments used by teacher preparation institutions in conducting graduate follow-up studies were investigated, and an effort was made to determine the institutions' satisfaction with the methodology and results of their current follow-up procedures. A survey instrument was constructed that addressed eight questions related to follow-up studies: (1) the frequency of follow-up studies of an institution's teacher education graduates; (2) sampling procedures; (3) who conducted the follow-up studies; (4) data collection methods; (5) to whom results were reported; (6) the institution's assessment of its follow-up practices; (7) other groups contacted during follow-up regarding each graduate's teaching performance; and (8) anticipated changes in follow-up procedures. Responses were received from 47 (67%) of the 70 institutions that were contacted. All respondents conducted follow-up studies of graduates; 51% had an annual follow-up of first-year graduates. Ninety-five percent contacted all graduates at some point. Thirty-one percent of the respondents were satisfied with current procedures. Questionnaires or surveys were used by 63% of the respondents. The data derived from questionnaires or surveys were more likely to be considered unsatisfactory than those collected through interviews, visits, or telephone contacts. Several respondents detailed changes they expected to make in their procedures. Questionnaires and surveys will continue to be used, but may require revisions to obtain better feedback. Four tables and a 6-page response sheet present study data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (14th, Clearwater, FL, February 14-17, 1990).