ERIC Number: ED063736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
Problems Associated with Developing State Vocational-Technical Education Information Dissemination Systems.
Magisos, Joel H.
The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) system, a useful source of information on educational resources, is described briefly. The ERIC Clearinghouse on Vocational and Technical Education has been trying to develop an effective information network within that field by developing information resources, producing a guide to information systems, conducting a user study, and administering training workshops. In so doing, it has discovered several problems. 1) The vast audience of practitioners at the local level are unfamiliar with ERIC, although they are spending a lot of time seeking information and are dissatisfied with their results. 2) Information products are frequently in the wrong form. Teachers like journals and magazines, but researchers prefer original reports. 3) ERIC products are not reaching the local practitioners. 4) Information users need training in ERIC, as do information specialists who want to serve these users. Commitment to developing an information dissemination system at state and local levels is lacking. However, both researchers and educational practitioners need better information and are enthusiastic about the potential of the ERIC system once they have used it successfully. (JK)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology Annual Convention (Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 16-22, 1972)