ERIC Number: ED207557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Identifying Continuing Education Needs as Perceived by Public School Learning Resources Personnel in Texas. A Final Report of a Research Project.
Staples, E. Susan
A study conducted to assess the needs for inservice experiences as perceived by learning resources specialists employed in Texas public schools asked a random sample of 313 practitioners to rate a comprehensive list of competencies in educational technology and library science as being of value in the performance of their jobs, and to evaluate their own level of development or expertise for each competency. Data from the 224 responses received provide credence for seven broad conclusions: continuing education is generally needed for this group; all 60 competencies were rated at least of "some importance"; the general level of expertise was rated at least near the level of "some capability"; respondents indicated a low level of expertise in 13 competencies they rated as important; two additional groups of competencies were identified for second priority in continuing education needs; respondents placed greater value on competencies associated with organization, management, acquisition, and dissemination; and they rated their expertise at a lower level for competencies in areas they rated as less important. Suggestions are made for future research, and a 10-item bibliography is provided. The survey materials appended include a copy of the questionnaire. (CHC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Industrial Education.