ERIC Number: ED215153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Distribution of ERIC-Accepted Vocational Education R and D Products.
Hull, William L.
An examination was made of the distribution of Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)-accepted federally financed products during calendar years 1978, 1979, and 1980. The products came from projects for program improvement in vocational education. All of the distribution data relate to numbers of copies disseminated to audiences at the time the product was released. In addition to distribution, the study addressed questions of the nature of the products, to whom they went, the potential benefits from using the products, and how they were distributed. Some of the results were as follows: (1) the 572 products captured by the study resulted in 320,549 copies being distributed in three years--an average of 560 copies was distributed per product; (2) about 50 percent of the product copies went to elementary and secondary schools, with the rest nearly equally divided between postsecondary schools, universities, and state education agencies; (3) principal users were teachers in local settings, while less than 18 percent of the products were distributed to students; (4) the majority of products in the sample were instructional guides, with research reports the next most common type; however, instructional guides were most often distributed, while research reports were second to last in type of product distributed; (5) vocational education and curriculum/instructional materials were by far the most common subjects of the products; (6) improved planning and accountability was the top-rated perceived benefit to be gained from use of these products, which were usually distributed by mail. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.