ERIC Number: ED338640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Issues and Guidelines in Designing Follow-up Systems for Special Education Service Programs. Project Report Number 89-2.
Bruininks, Robert H.; And Others
This paper examines issues in designing post-school follow-up studies in special education. The examination focuses on survey research techniques, which are widely used in the investigation of post-school adjustment of former students with handicaps. In special education, survey research studies are used commonly to address many important questions. For example, such studies are used to estimate the incidence and prevalence of handicapping conditions, measure attitudes, collect data on personnel training needs, develop information from key informants on service and policy issues, describe the number and characteristics of students in service programs, and assess the post-school adjustment of former students. The following issues are addressed: (1) identification of needed information; (2) data collection methods; (3) questionnaire construction (including wording, format, pretesting, and establishment of reliability and validity); (4) sample design; (5) contacting the sample; (6) response rates; (7) the survey report; and (8) tracking procedures. Sound procedures pertinent to designing and implementing follow-up systems for special education are discussed. By applying acceptable practices, the results of survey research studies will be: easier to interpret into an integrated knowledge base, more easily assimilated into decisions that seek to improve practices, and more readily generalized to other populations and settings. A 42-item list of references, one table, and one flowchart illustrating the survey research process are included. (Author/TJH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.