ERIC Number: ED048549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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Models of Diffusing Knowledge to Community College Faculty.
Daniel, Richard W.; Shearon, Ronald W.
This study evaluated the extent to which 386 instructors in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) use certain modes of knowledge utilization, and the effectiveness thereof as seen by the NCCCS instructors. It also examined differences in mode use and effectiveness among vocational, technical, and college transfer instructors as well as between six comprehensive community colleges and six technical institutes. A questionnaire containing 23 scale items was developed on the basis of interviews within the NCCCS and of a literature review on communication modes. Of the questionnaires sent, 336 (87%) were returned. Findings led to several conclusions: (1) modes should be stressed (especially textbooks, reference books, and consultations with coworkers) which instructors used most often and considered most effective; (2) use nonwritten rather than written modes, and external rather than internal modes, whenever practical; (3) since college transfer, technical, and vocational instructors use information sources to increasing degrees, respectively, diffusion efforts should be geared accordingly; (4) comprehensive and technical institutions require different approaches only in the case of college transfer instructors. Implications for further research were also noted. (LY)
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference, New York, N.Y., February 2-5, 1971