ERIC Number: ED078129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Information Needs of State Directors of Vocational Education.
McCracken, J. David
To identify the critical problems of state directors of vocational education and the information sources utilized by them, data were collected by mail questionnaire and a series of telephone interviews with a stratified random sample of 15 state directors. Analysis of the data with respect to major problems, methods used to seek information, sources used to provide information, and criteria for information source utilization revealed that: (1) Major problems related to finance and administrative leadership, particularly program planning, staff, administrative organization, and decision-making, (2) Few problems related to teachers, instruction, or social issues, (3) State directors were more likely to seek information through personal contacts than by searching literature, (4) Information agencies were seldom used, (5) The preferred source of information was raw or treated data followed by expert opinion, (6) Reports and pamphlets were utilized almost to the exclusion of bibliographies, books, guides, indexes, and periodicals, and (7) Printed materials were generally selected because of the type and/or form of the information. Recommendations are included and areas of further research are identified. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Educational Problems, Information Needs, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Research Needs, Social Problems, State Departments of Education, Vocational Directors
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. (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.