ERIC Number: ED183744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Nine Strategies for Disseminating a Counseling Program for Re-entry Women. Special Interest Paper No. 18.
Chitayat, Deanna; And Others
A study examined nine strategies for disseminating "The New Occupational Student: Mature Adult Woman," a counseling program for re-entry women at thirty-nine two-year colleges in New York State. The major purpose was to determine whether there was a particular service or combination of services that was most conducive to the implementation of the program. Pre- and post-treatment surveys were employed to evaluate the impact of various interventions which offered pretested materials and nine combinations of facilitator services. Results indicated that two treatments--(1) Pre-program planning and followup planning and (2) Motivation Advance Process staff training and program planning--were the most effective in disseminating the program. Additional conclusions and recommendations are these: (1) two or more days of facilitator services significantly enhance the probability of successful dissemination; (2) a facilitator may not be necessary for staff training if adequate auto-tutorial materials are made available; however, (3) a facilitator is necessary to assit school personnel in planning innovation; and (4) facilitator services seem to be more effective when an administrator with decision making responsibility is present. A significant improvement over the level of pre-treatment services for the target group was noted, as nineteen colleges were planning to implement a program for counseling reentry women, and sixteen were planning to adopt the program. (MEK)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Services, Counselor Training, Diffusion, Educational Innovation, Group Counseling, Information Dissemination, Nontraditional Students, Program Implementation, Training Methods, Two Year Colleges, Womens Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept. Albany, Grants Administration Unit.
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Occupational and Continuing Education.; City Univ. of New York, NY. Inst. for Research and Development in Occupational Education.