ERIC Number: ED074221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Information Needs of Local Administrators of Vocational Education. Final Report.
McCracken, J. David; Gillespie, Wilma B.
Research findings often fail to reach key decision-makers either in the proper form or in time to assist in decision-making. Also, little is known about major problems for which local directors need information, methods of seeking information used by these decision-makers, information normally used, or the criteria employed in selecting information. The purpose of this study was to identify the critical problems of local administrators of vocational education and the information sources they utilize. Data were collected from certain local administrators, selected by a stratified random sampling technique, through the use of telephone interviews and a mail questionnaire. Major conclusions include: (1) Local administrators generally perceived little need for information for use in problem resolution, (2) Most decision-making was in the absence of an information search, (3) Respondents desired experienced people as their major information source, and (4) The major criteria for utilization of print materials were the familiarity or degree of experience of the administrator with the materials, and the content quality. (GEB)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Decision Making, Information Needs, Information Utilization, Use Studies, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (no price quoted)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.