ERIC Number: ED416240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Report of Cognitive Research on the Public and Private School Teacher Questionnaires for the Schools and Staffing Survey, 1993-94 School Year. Working Paper Series.
Jenkins, Cleo R.
The Bureau of the Census conducts the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) for the National Center for Education Statistics. The SASS is a set of integrated self-administered surveys designed to obtain national information on all aspects of the school system. Public and private school administrators and teachers respond to questionnaires about their schools. When the early SASS questionnaires were developed, there was little information about the design of self-administered questionnaires, but more recent research, much of it focused on SASS questionnaires, has suggested that the look of a questionnaire could be as important to the quality and quantity of data collected as the wording and sequencing of the questions themselves. Research was conducted to study the impact of questionnaire format for the most recent SASS design and to determine how well respondents comprehended the questions. Twenty cognitive interviews were conducted with teachers, five of whom held alternative certification. The most problematic questions were identified, and results of transcribed discussions about these items are presented. (Contains 3 tables, 5 figures, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Educational Research, National Surveys, Private Schools, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Research Design, Teacher Characteristics, Teachers, Test Construction
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5654.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)