ERIC Number: ED242327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Survey of the Status of Materials Selection Policies in Iowa Public School Districts in 1983 and Comparisons with Status in 1979. Based on a Study Sponsored by State of Iowa Department of Public Instruction and Department of Library Science, University of Northern Iowa.
McGrew, Mary Lou
Replicating a 1979 study, a survey of school library media specialists in 440 Iowa school districts was conducted in the spring of 1983 to determine the influence of a model policy published by the Iowa Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on the development, adoption, and provisions of school district policies for the selection of instructional materials. There was a 91% response rate to the survey. It was found that the number of school board adopted policies increased significantly between 1979 and 1983; that the larger school districts were more likely to have a policy; and that there was a substantial amount of activity in formulation of new policies or in updating and revision of existing policies in the 4-year period. Local policy features based on the DPI model policy were found to include policy coverage of all instructional materials (rather than only library materials), detailed selection criteria, and procedures for delegating selection responsibility, reevaluating and withdrawing materials from existing collections, and handling objections to materials. It was concluded that the existence of the DPI model selection policy had an influence on the nature of local policies, but that the model's impact on school board adoption of selection policies was unclear. This report describes survey methodology and findings and presents a sample questionnaire. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Dept. of Library Science.; Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.
Note: For related document, see ED 188 606.