ERIC Number: ED406155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-22
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The Texas Poll of Elementary School Teachers: Survey Sampling Procedures and Questionnaire Design.
Parker, Dawn; Jensen, Debbie
The Texas Poll of Elementary School Teachers was a statewide telephone survey designed to accurately describe the current science teaching practices in Texas public elementary schools, and the extent to which these elementary teachers feel prepared for the task. This paper focused on the survey sampling procedures and questionnaire design used in the statewide poll. Two hundred public elementary school teachers from forty Texas elementary schools were randomly selected to participate in the poll. The survey sampling method was a probability proportionate to size sampling design implemented to ensure that every elementary school teacher in Texas had an equal chance of being selected. The specification plan for questionnaire design followed the question-generating strategy established by the annual Gallup Poll of Education. Accordingly, two- and four-year college and university faculty, public school curriculum specialists, educational service center specialists, and master teachers were designated to develop questionnaire items that accurately represented current science teaching practices and preparation of Texas public elementary school teachers. Questionnaire items were pilot-tested with a group of elementary teachers representative of the target population to ensure appropriate question construction, ordering, and accuracy. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative for Science and Mathematics Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas