ERIC Number: ED115600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sources of Information About New Social Studies and Science Programs Used by Washington Elementary School Principals.
Orlich, Donald C.; And Others
This study was designed to determine if the conclusion of Ruff and Orlich that textbook salesperson were the primary source of information about elementary social studies for Washington elementary principals would be substantiated through replication. In addition, the investigation sought information on several pertinent variables not available in the original instrument (e.g., size of school district and participation in national workshops). Questionnaires were mailed to 301 elementary school principals in the state of Washington. The instruments were used to obtain information regarding the best sources of information for social studies, as well as for elementary school science. Results indicated that (1) publishers were still the single most frequently mentioned "best source" of information; (2) curriculum coordinators' and other district resources were important sources of information in larger school districts; (3) conferences and workshops were identified as important informational sources by respondents who attended them; and (4) generally, the larger the school district, the smaller the number of trips reported taken by the respondent, and vice versa. (The cover letter to principals, the survey instrument used, questionnaire formats, and suggested instruments for both social studies and science information are appended.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Coll. of Education.