ERIC Number: ED184550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Library Services for Nontraditional Students. Final Report.
A research/evaluation project was conducted to assess library needs, use, and services for nontraditional students, and construct an experimental library skills course. A survey of every tenth student assessed their needs for library services and facilities in relation to 17 personal factors, using the chi-square test to establish relationships. A new credit-bearing library skills course was developed with emphasis on individualized instrucion, and special efforts were made to recruit students who were starting or resuming college after several years out of school. Thirty-seven students completed the library skills course; over half of this group had had some interruptions in education. Data from a pretest and posttest and from other courses taken concurrently by this group were analyzed by t-test, multiple regression, and one-way analysis of covariance. Analyses showed that the students who took the course improved their library skills substantially, that interrupted students did not differ significantly from others in success with the course, and that taking the course did not significantly affect success in other courses taken concurrently. The library needs survey, a breakdown of responses, correlations between personal factors, the pretest, the posttest, and the course evaluation are appended. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Office of Libraries and Learning Resources.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti.