ERIC Number: ED461927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Savvy Decision Making: An Administrator's Guide to Using Focus Groups in Schools.
Jayanthi, Madhavi; Nelson, Janet S.
This book is a guide is for school practitioners who want to know more about planning and conducting focus groups as an aid to decision-making. It emphasizes practical and cost-effective ways to ensure accurate results. After defining the focus group, chapter 1 offers ways focus groups can be used in schools and reasons for using them. Chapter 2 discusses guidelines for selecting a moderator. Chapter 3 explains how to clarify the purpose of the focus group. Chapter 4 explains how to determine which participants to include in the focus groups. Chapter 5 examines strategies for scheduling the number, location, and duration of the focus groups. Chapter 6 considers choices about recording the discussion, remunerating participants, asking for participant releases, and having an advance organizer. Chapter 7 covers all aspects of recruiting participants. Chapter 8 examines the protocol for conducting the focus groups. Chapter 9 contains guidelines for moderating the group. Chapter 10 discusses the analysis of information gained and the writing of reports. Each chapter offers examples from past focus groups and reproducible checklists of activities that must be completed, as well as samples of forms, letters, and lists. Many topics are accompanied by a summary of differing opinions from the literature. (Contains 35 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Decision Making, Discussion Groups, Elementary Secondary Education, Focus Groups, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (Paper: ISBN-0-7619-7819-4, $29.95; Library edition: ISBN-0-7619-7818-6, $65.95). Tel: 800-818-7243 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-417-2466 (Toll Free); e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.corwinpress.com.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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