ERIC Number: ED399297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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In Praise of the Free-Response Item.
Johanson, George A.; Gips, Crystal J.
A mailed national survey of 500 randomly selected secondary school principals, which yielded 271 responses, used a single free-response item, 10 Likert-type items, and 36 paired-comparison items. The study was an attempt to determine the qualities that principals look for in selecting teacher candidates and whether there was a bias against the most cognitively able candidates. The single free-response item, "What is the single most important quality you look for in a teaching candidate?," was most valuable in clarifying responses and priorities among the qualities considered. The free response item enabled the researcher to validate the choice of attributes being rated and identified some assumptions of respondents that might not have been apparent otherwise. It provided additional insight and allowed the researcher to investigate the idea that respondents' answers in the highly structured format may be quite different from those in an open-ended or free-response format. (Contains two tables and seven references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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