Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Methodology

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Methodology

Article excerpt

THE Journal polled its readership in August and September of 2015. We put out an open invitation to IT professionals in education and incented them to participate with a $500 Amazon gift card as a prize for one randomly selected winner and promised confidentiality for respondents.

The survey was advertised on the journal. com and in newsletters and e-mail promotions to our subscriber list, and recipients were asked to encourage colleagues to participate as well.

We received 1,132 completed surveys.

Responses were manually culled that were clearly false or inappropriate for the survey. (For example, several higher ed IT staffers responded to the poll; their answers were excluded, as were responses from faculty members and non-IT staff and administrators except those who held dual positions in technology.)

Those who responded with patently unrealistic salaries--which ranged from salaries as low as three digits to those beyond the highest-paid IT salaries on record for the United States--were also eliminated.

The final tally for qualified respondents was 736, of which:

* 604 were from public institutions (124 elementary, 159 secondary, the remainder combined or district-level);

* 132 were from private institutions (19 elementary, 38 secondary, the remainder combined or district-level).

Vetted responses from qualified public and non-profit institutions were weighted by institution type to be representative of the nation as a whole based on data from the United States Department of Education.

We also asked for, but did not weigh against, geographic location and size of the institution's student body. …

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