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ERIC Number: ED017809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Pages: 22
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Reference Count: 0
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INFORMATION SOURCE AND NEED HIERARCHIES OF AN ADULT POPULATION IN FIVE MICHIGAN COUNTIES. PAPER PRESENTED AT A NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH (CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 11-13, 1968).
ANDERSON, ROBERT C.; RIEGER, JON H.
IN A 1965 SURVEY OF FIVE COUNTIES IN THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAY REGION OF MICHIGAN, DATA ON INFORMATION SOURCES AND NEEDS WERE OBTAINED FROM A TWO PERCENT SAMPLE OF HOUSEHOLDS. ADULT SUBJECTS WERE ASKED TO IDENTIFY TOPICS OF IMPORTANCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE ON WHICH IT WAS "PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT TO FIND USEFUL AND RELIABLE INFORMATION," AND SOURCES OF INFORMATION PRESENTLY IN USE CONCERNING THESE TOPICS. (FINANCIAL MATTERS, OCCUPATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND FARMING MATTERS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, CONSUMER INFORMATION AND EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER PLANNING WERE THE MAJOR TOPICS NAMED.) RESULTS WERE ANALYZED IN TERMS OF THE HIERARCHICAL PATTERNS OF INFORMATION NEEDS AND INFORMATION SOURCES BY RESIDENCE, EDUCATION, AGE, AND SEX. THE LOCAL POPULATION WAS FOUND TO RELY HEAVILY ON THE MASS MEDIA AND VARIOUS KINDS OF READING MATTER FOR ALL TOPIC AREAS AND ON INSTITUTIONAL SOURCES AND OFFICIALS IN CERTAIN CASES. YOUNG ADULTS RELIED ALSO ON FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AND EXHIBITED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF NEED FOR NEW INFORMATION. ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS WERE SIGNIFICANT SOURCES IN FEW TOPIC AREAS AND FOR ONLY SELECTED CLIENTELE GROUPS. OBSERVATIONS WERE MADE ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE DATA FOR ADULT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. (THE DOCUMENT INCLUDES SIX TABLES.) THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT A NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH (CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 11-13, 1968). (AUTHOR/LY)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Community Development.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN