ERIC Number: ED417225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Accuracy of Teachers' Self-Reports on Their Postsecondary Education: Teacher Transcript Study, Schools and Staffing Survey. Working Paper Series.
A study was conducted to determine the best method for obtaining information on teachers' backgrounds for the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Two alternative methodologies were compared: the collection of teachers' self-reports of their academic qualifications and the use of their college transcripts. While transcripts are assumed to provide more accurate information, their collection and analysis is more complex. The 1990-91 SASS relied on 637 completed interviews with teachers, 592 of whom had transcript information available. Several different kinds of teacher error were detected when the transcript information and self-reports were compared. Item nonresponse was sometimes significant, and some errors of omission were found. Some errors showed bias on the part of the respondent. Some errors apparently simply reflected differences in judgment. However, it was noted that transcripts themselves presented problems, particularly in the amount of work required for processing. It is concluded that self-reports and transcripts each have advantages and disadvantages, and that the determination of the kind of data to collect will depend on the quality and type of data to be collected, the resources available, and such considerations as the amount of burden to be placed on the respondent. (Contains 12 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Records, Bias, Data Collection, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology, Tables (Data), Teachers
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 20208-5652.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)