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ERIC Number: ED216697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Puppet Use by Public Library Administrators.
Parker, Denise K.
This study was concerned with the relationship between the perceptions public library administrators have of the possible influences of puppet use in libraries and the degree to which puppets are used in their libraries. Sixty-nine of the 80 questionnaires returned by public libraries in U.S. cities of 100,000 to 250,000 population were considered valid and used to determine these attitudes and their relationship to puppet usage. The results show that usage was most often associated with children in areas of story-telling, workshops, reading encouragement, and professional shows; that less usage was exhibited in areas of soliciting donations and discipline; and that attracting patrons was believed to be the primary motivational objective for puppet use. The study demonstrated that librarians are, in general, familiar with the variety of uses of puppets, that they tend to follow traditional patterns of use, and that the more frequent the use, the more highly developed the belief in their influence. With respect to the latter, the study was unable to establish conclusive evidence for its thesis linking administrator attitudes to actual usage. Appendices include the study questionnaire, a list of participating libraries, and the cover letter. Over thirty references are provided. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A