ERIC Number: ED194806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-7
Reference Count: 0
Distribution and Use Patterns of Research Products.
Hull, William L.
Two studies examined the extent vocational research and development products are distributed to primary audiences and the extent of use of selected products. Input from thirty vocational educators in twenty states was used to formulate two questionnaires distributed in Florida and Pennsylvania to persons who distribute and use research products. The distribution survey product sample included all products from a twelve-month segment of products accepted by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education; the fourteen-product sample for the use survey was selected by state staff members in Florida and Pennsylvania. A total of 1,885 usable questionnaires were returned. The survey revealed the following: copies of reports and materials from government-sponsored research in vocational education are widely distributed; nearly all recipients of research products used them; students' use of products occurred primarily in secondary and postsecondary classrooms; administrators were potentially key linkers in the distribution process; most products were either learning materials or instructional guides; the greatest product use benefits occurred in the classroom; and direct mail was the most frequent means of product distribution. (The survey instruments are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Annual Convention (New Orleans, LA, December 7, 1980).