ERIC Number: ED401316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Designing a Longitudinal Study: Issues, Problems & Concerns.
Brogan, Ray; Zhao, Charles
A longitudinal study was planned to track a class in a prekindergarten program to determine program effectiveness. There are many problems in conducting a longitudinal study, most of which revolve around the long-term commitment required. A carefully designed information system is important. For the study in question, computer software and hardware were not available. Attrition of subjects is a central problem in longitudinal studies, but changes in data-gathering personnel can grossly alter the information management system. Data collection activities need to be institutionalized from the beginning of the study, with clear definitions and plans from the outset. The purpose and importance of the longitudinal study must be understood from the beginning, and teachers at all levels should be made to feel part of the study. (Contains 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (1992).