ERIC Number: ED370894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Methodological Issues in the Study of Teachers' Careers: Critical Features of a Truly Longitudinal Study.
Singer, Judith D.; Willett, John B.
This paper focuses on methodological issues in designing and conducting a longitudinal study of teachers' careers, as being explored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The paper outlines the need for data in four areas (teachers' worklives, teacher quality, the context of teaching, and teachers' career paths) and identifies six core design principles relevant to the study of teachers' careers. The six principles are: (1) collect truly longitudinal data; (2) view "time" as both an outcome and a predictor; (3) collect data on both time-varying and time-invariant measures; (4) collect data prospectively when necessary; (5) collect data in multiple base years; and (6) collect data from all relevant levels in the organizational hierarchy. The paper outlines several design alternatives that flow from these principles, evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of these alternatives, and prioritizes the concerns. The paper focuses on the topics of designating the target population and the specific sample to be tracked, as well as the length and periodicity of data collection. The paper suggests that NCES conduct several small-scale intensive data collection efforts--some of which could be embedded in the larger study, others of which should be conducted as pilot studies to be fielded before the full-fledged data collection effort. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED545894; ED545953; ED545895; ED545955