ERIC Number: ED038028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-5
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Educational Information Uses and Users.
Rittenhouse, Carl H.
Two studies were conducted to investigate information needs and the processes of information utilization at the local school district level and in institutions of higher education. The first of these studies was a survey of several school districts. In each district a questionnaire was distributed which asked for data concerning sources of information for educational planning and decision making, problems in obtaining such information, and the extent of participation in decision making. The responses were analyzed. The findings show among other things that sources of information are usually informally organized and personal. The second study was of the information needs of educators at the elementary and secondary school district level and the higher education institution level. Questionnaires were distributed seeking information on innovative programs recently adopted or under consideration in the school. A second questionnaire surveyed specific information needs relating to each one of the innovations being considered for adoption. With this information, guidance can be provided to those preparing targeted communications as to what kinds of information are most needed and least available in connection with each of the innovations covered. (JY)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Information Needs, Information Seeking, Information Sources
Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, California 94025
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Paper presented to the American Educational Research Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 5, 1970