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ERIC Number: ED219855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Pages: 260
Abstractor: N/A
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Influence of Education Journals on the Classroom Practice of California Public High School Department Heads.
Pearce, Jonathan
To discover whether professional journals stimulate changes in classroom practices among California public high school department heads, the author reviewed the literature and conducted a questionnaire survey of a stratified random sample of department heads in English, mathematics, physical education, science, and social science. The 549 respondents (43 percent of the sample) supplied data on their school's size, urban or rural location, and enrollment trends and on their own academic field, experience as head, responsibilities, innovativeness, initiation of change, reading ability, and reasons for reading or not reading journals. Analysis of both the main sample and two smaller comparative samples, using crosstabulations and analysis of variance, indicated that journals have only a modest influence on the heads' classroom practices, chiefly on curriculum and teaching techniques and mostly in science. Department heads, the data showed, read mostly journals in their own field and use discussions to share information with colleagues. Those most influenced by journals are recent department heads who are members of professional organizations and who perceive themselves as innovative and as good readers. Extensive appendices provide copies of the questionnaire, various cover letters, and lists of journals read and organizations joined. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California