Thursday, October 10, 2013

Special Edition: National Latin Survey

Here is a message from Elliott Goodman about the National Latin Survey: 

A little about the survey: The last national survey of Latin students and teachers was conducted in the 1920s by the American Classical League. The purpose of the National Latin Survey is to survey middle and high school students and teachers all across the United States and find out the many different reasons why people study and teach Latin. The immediate goal of the project is to survey approximately 1,200 Latin teachers and 4,100 Latin students.  (These numbers may increase to ensure proper sampling.)  The long-term goals of the project are to produce at least two reports describing the findings; one report will be a full needs analysis study including all the statistical formulae for the applied linguistics community and the other report will be written for an audience of Latin teachers with no knowledge of statistics.  These reports will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals and be made available to the public for free on the project website.
So, Latin teachers, if you have 15-20 minutes to spare, please take the teacher survey! The student survey takes about 10-15 minutes,  and in addition to the standard student survey, there is also a version of the survey for students who are twelve years old or younger.

Thanks for your help! It will be very interesting indeed to see the results.