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ERIC Number: ED065679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 133
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An Assessment of an Instructional Unit for Preparing Users of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) System.
Beasley, Gary Fred
As a part of the development and evaluation of an instructional unit for preparing users of the ERIC system, this study's primary purpose was to assess the instructional outcomes achieved trough using a preliminary version of the instructional unit. The unit was used with 20 participants in a research utilization training program in Portland, Oregon in December 1971. A pretest/posttest measured gain scores of the instructional unit, while criterion referenced measures assessed the extent to which the participants achieved performance objectives of the individual modules of the unit. The models of the unit covered instruction on: (1) An Introduction to the ERIC System, (2) "Abstracts of Research" and "Abstracts of Instructional Materials in Vocational and Technical Education," (3)"Research in Education," (4) "Current Index to Journals in Education," and (5) "Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors." Comparison of pretest and posttest scores revealed a significant gain at the .05 level. In addition, the participants achieved 31 of 42 performance standards for the individual modules, but considerable revision of the instructional unit is needed before national distribution is made. Conclusions and recommendations call for modifying the modular format to focus more on retrieval strategies, providing more hands-on experiences with the information retrieval indexes, and improving the visual aids. (Author)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University