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ERIC Number: ED148349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 311
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Student Access to School Library Media Center Resources as Viewed by High School Seniors in Southwestern Michigan Schools Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Miller, Marilyn Lea
A questionnaire was administered to 657 seniors in 25 Southwestern Michigan public high schools accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) to determine student opinions regarding the accessibility of library resources in secondary school media centers. The Chi square test of significance was used to examine the relationship between six variables of senior student characteristics and 50 items of accessibility from the "1969 Standards for School Media Programs." A second survey was conducted in a series of small group interviews with 60 randomly selected respondents of the first survey to determine the reasons for their responses. General conclusions of the study include: (1) audiovisual resources were not available in adequate quantities for classroom work or recreational use; (2) status of media center users, size of the school, and academic rank have the most significant effect on seniors' opinions about the accessibility of resources; (3) non use of the media center appears to be determined by the teachers' failure to give assignments requiring use of resources; and (4) the personality of the librarian was the most important influence on the perceptions of accessibility. Recommendations for further research and study in areas of teacher education, library education, and inservice education are included. (Author/JPF)
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