ERIC Number: EJ812632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Problems in Needs Assessment Data: Discrepancy Analysis
Lee, Yi-Fang; Altschuld, James W.; White, Jeffry L.
Evaluation and Program Planning, v30 n3 p258-266 Aug 2007
Needs assessment (NA) is generally based on the discrepancy between two conditions--the desired and present states. To date, there has not been an extensive research regarding a number of subtle problems in discrepancy analysis. One such example is missing data for one or both the two states. This leads to highly varied item "n's" for calculating discrepancy scores. Concerns like this arose in a NA study of minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs in universities. A number of problems observed in this context are discussed as well as possible solutions for them. The results should be valuable to needs assessors and evaluators responsible for assessing needs. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Evaluators, Student Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Data Analysis, Minority Groups, Science Education, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Mathematics Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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