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Conducting School Surveys On Drug Abuse: Global Assessment by United Nations

By United Nations

This book offers a pragmatic advisor designed to help member states of the United countries to gather drug abuse facts in class settings. it really is meant to give a contribution to the gathering of data on drug use and developments, which are used to lead aid actions. The module explains technique of engaging in college surveys together with examine layout, sampling, information assortment, technique and reporting. power difficulties researcher may perhaps stumble upon within the implementation of the surveys also are mentioned.

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It is important to inspect the questionnaires before data are entered and to check for unrealistic answers (see chapter VIII). The number of eliminated questionnaires is important information that should be included in the survey report. Information about student cooperation may also be collected in the classroom report. The example provided in annex II includes questions about disturbances and the survey leader's opinion of whether the students showed an interest in the study and whether their response was serious.

For example, consider a school system where 90 per cent of those born in a given year are enrolled in school, the level of daily smoking among students is 30 per cent and the level of daily smoking among non-students is 60 per cent. In this case, responses from students can clearly not be generalized to non-students. However, given the small size of the non-student group, smoking among students (30 per cent) will be close to the level of smoking in the age group as a whole (33 per cent). School systems The target population must be defined in terms of the national school system in each country.

Investigators in a number of countries have concluded that they can elicit accurate responses from students using teachers to collect the data, usually with some specific procedures for the teachers to follow that would reassure the students about their privacy. ) There are obviously considerable monetary and logistic advantages to having teachers handle the administration of the questionnaire, but if, as a result, the data retrieved from the students is worthless, it is a very costly saving. Clearly, this is a judgement call that must be made in each cultural setting and that could be informed by a short pretest using both methods.

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