ERIC Number: ED055332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Two Systems for Delivering Occupational Information: A Comparative Analysis.
Ross, Larry Lynn
This study compares the effectiveness of the computer-based Occupational Information Access System (OIAS) with the Lane Community Counseling Center, Eugene, Oregon, in terms of their abilities to deliver occupational information to 1970-71 students. Cost models were developed for both. Research findings include: (1) OIAS rated "good" and the Counseling Center "fair" when compared with a model system checklist; (2) both systems were attractive, OIAS largely because of its unique teletype terminal and the Counseling Center because of students' information needs; (3) counselors had more effect on students' career plans and career certainty than did OIAS, though this difference was due in part to dissimilar system purposes, different student motivations for using the two systems, and the large number of OIAS users who were certain of their future careers before accessing information; (4) all but a few students were satisfied with the information received from either system; and (5) OIAS delivered information of at least equal quality to the Counseling Center in about one-half the time per user, at a cost one-tenth or less that of the Counseling Center. The main conclusion is that OIAS is a useful tool for counselors and students because of its general ability to store and deliver information more efficiently and less expensively than counselors. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.
Note: Thesis presented to Department of Economics in partial fulfillment of requirements for Master of Science