ERIC Number: ED332381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Planning a Needs Assessment Management System: PANAMS. Personnel Preparation for Special Education Services.
A manual and software package explain the development and use of the Special Education Survey, an instrument intended to aid states in developing inservice training and professional preparation programs. The instrument is based on the comprehensive system of personnel development as described by Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Administration of the In-Service Training and Staff Development Needs Survey is explained including selection of survey samples and using the table of random numbers. Further discussion covers advantages and disadvantages of survey research, principal methods of survey data collection, uses of survey data, interviewing methods, the art of asking questions, and questionnaire format. A checklist for writing survey questionnaires is provided. Also considered are accurate measurement, reliability, validity, and sampling. Another section gives guidelines for modifying the questionnaire to meet a state's unique needs. The final section of the manual provides a guide to the SpecEd Data Analysis Software, a data entry and storage system, intended to complement the Personnel Data Collection Instrument. The software allows entering/editing data from questionnaires, analyzing/printing selected data from the data file, exporting data to another software package, copying/deleting the data file, and modifying screen prompts and printout wording. The questionnaire itself is attached. (DB)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, Questioning Techniques, Questionnaires, State Surveys
PANAMS, 850 College Station Rd., Athens, GA 30610.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Computer Programs; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.
Note: A part of Project PANAMS. Floppy diskettes referred to in text are available from project.