ERIC Number: ED136245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
How Administrators Make Decisions About Reading and Other Language Arts in Schools Throughout the United States.
Berger, Allen; Andolina, Charlene
In order to assess the role that research plays in educational decision making and to evaluate the ways in which administrators learn about the educational practices which find their way into schools, a four-page questionnaire was sent to the superintendents of 1000 school districts throughout the United States. Superintendents were asked to enhance the researchers' understanding of instructional changes in reading and the other language arts by detailing sources of information about educational practices and by explaining the degree of their familiarity with and implementation of educational practices. Data indicated that the information sources used by educational decision makers were, in order of their importance: journals, periodicals, and bulletins; school or district inservice education; course work and textbooks; informal meetings; conference proceedings; and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). Findings indicate that many schools in remote parts of the nation are engaged in educational innovation. Location, therefore, does not play a large part in the research/practice relationship. What does seem to make a difference in decision making is the presence and concern of one or two key people--teachers or administrators. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Note: Unpublished report prepared at the University of Pittsburgh