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ERIC Number: ED139287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Information Needs in Bilingual Education. A Stimulus for Discussion.
Rosenfeld, Sam A.
In 1974, Congress, recognizing the difficulty individuals have in obtaining information on bilingual education, mandated the establishment of a national clearinghouse on bilingual education. This paper was sent to people involved in bilingual education as background material for a series of six conferences on the development of such a clearinghouse. The paper first analyzes the various information needs - in the classroom, in the legislature, in the research laboratory, and in information centers. Five major objectives for the clearinghouse are proposed and discussed: (1) transfer of information and materials; (2) direct assistance in solving problems; (3) coordination of bilingual education information activities; (4) aggregation and analysis of information; and (5) communication with policy, research and development groups concerning gaps in knowledge, technique and materials. The next section presents a synopsis of current information dissemination in bilingual education, including inquiry services, data bases, information retrieval systems, and traditional information sources. The last section is a series of questions and issues for conference participants regarding trends and perceptions, access to information, kinds of assistance, audience factors, and organization and policy issues in bilingual education. (CFM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Bilingualism, Clearinghouses, Databases, Educational Legislation, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Sources, Information Storage, Information Utilization, Needs Assessment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Resources Group. Information and Communication Systems Div.