ERIC Number: ED480803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
NCES Handbook of Survey Methods: Technical Report.
Thurgood, Lori; Walter, Elizabeth; Carter, George; Henn, Susan; Huang, Gary; Nooter, Daniel; Smith, Wray; Cash, R. William; Salvucci, Sameena; Seastrom, Marilyn; Phan, Tai; Cohen, Michael
This handbook presents current explanations of how each survey program of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) obtains and prepared the data it publishes. The handbook aims to provide users of NCES data with the most current information necessary to evaluate the suitability of the statistics for their needs, with a focus on the methodologies for survey design, data collection, and data processing. The handbook contains 18 chapters. Chapters 1 to 26 each focus on one of the 26 major NCES survey programs. Information in these chapters is presented in a uniform format of: (1) overview; (2) uses of data; (3) key concepts; (4) survey design; (5) data quality and comparability; (6) contact information; and (7) methodology and evaluation reports. These chapters are organized into these subject matter categories: (1) early childhood education survey; (2) elementary and secondary education surveys; (3) library surveys; (4) postsecondary and adult education surveys; (5) educational assessment surveys; and (6) household education surveys. The final chapters, 27 and 28, cover multiple surveys and survey systems, including the Fast Response Survey System. Five appendixes contain a glossary, information on how to obtain NCES publications, a list of tools for each survey, a list of Web sites for each survey, and an index. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Evaluation Utilization, Research Design, Research Methodology, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc., Arlington, VA.