ERIC Number: ED086177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Impact of the Research Utilization Project on Principals' Attitudes and on the Use of Information Services By Teachers and Other Field Personnel in 16 Target Elementary Schools of the District of Columbia.
Robinson, Erika L.
Bridging the gap between the research resources and field personnel becomes an increasingly important problem. This study investigated the impact of the Research Utilization Project (RUP) on public elementary schools in the District of Columbia. In the 16 schools selected by a multistage stratified sampling method, the total number of information searches and the degree of principals' satisfaction with RUP products and services were evaluated. The results showed: 1) the number of searches initiated in the target schools was greater than number of searches initiated in a comparable number of non-target schools; 2) the number of searches increased after the RUP had entered the target schools; 3) all principals gave the RUP high rating for those who had used it, but the principals' rating of the RUP in their schools overall was considerably lower; 4) the principals held favorable attitudes toward the RUP and its expansion; and 5) there was no significant relationship between principals' attitudes and number of searches conducted for their schools. The favorable results suggest that the extension agent concept should serve as a model for the development of a system-wide information dissemination system. (CH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Change Agents, Educational Innovation, Elementary Schools, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Seeking, Information Services, Information Utilization, Principals, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Projects, Questionnaires, Surveys, Use Studies
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia