ERIC Number: ED025889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
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A Pilot Evaluation of Instructional Material Centers. Final Report.
Williams, Charles F.; Johnson, George H.
A 9-month pilot evaluation of the developing Special Education Instructional Materials Center (SEIMC) Network utilized two approaches: a process evaluation with site visits to determine the status of activities at the SEIMC's at the universities of Wisconsin and Southern California; and a user survey of 588 mail questionnaires, follow-up interviews with 175 teachers, and interviews with 44 administrators. There were few differences between regions on major issues. Of the teachers and administrators in both regions, 90% were aware of the SEIMC's, and over half were familiar with the service programs. One-fourth of the teachers had visited a SEIMC library. Of the SEIMC's resources and staff time, 90% went to service functions (40% library, 10% evaluation). Both centers had become primary interfaces between the federal Bureau of the Handicapped, state divisions, local school districts, and university programs in special education. The primary communication link was publications, with Wisconsin's 1,700 circulation and California's 7,000. Teachers considered materials demonstrations at their meetings the most valuable service (centers averaged three a month); but the study found the five inservice training institutes by Wisconsin and California's several conferences most valuable. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Evaluation Methods, Exceptional Child Research, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Learning Resources Centers, Libraries, Library Services, Material Development, Program Evaluation, Publications, Surveys
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
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