ERIC Number: ED238451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Report of Perceptions of Censorship of IMC Materials in 1982-83 from a State-Level Perspective.
Hopkins, Dianne McAfee
A survey was conducted in August and September 1983 to ascertain the perceptions of state leaders regarding censorship of K-12 instructional media center (IMC) materials during the 1982-83 school year. Of the 53 surveys sent to persons involved with state-level library media programs, 42 responses representing 41 states and one territory were received. A total of 39 surveys were completed fully enough for inclusion. This document presents an outline of survey responses covering the recording of censorship attempts, the number of districts with school board-approved selection policies, the number of districts that experienced censorship attempts in 1982-83, the educational level at which censorship attempts were most numerous, the major reasons cited for censorship attempts, the most frequent initiators of censorship attempts, the types of IMC materials most often questioned, trends or patterns related to censorship, the number of items removed or retained in response to censorship attempts, recommended resources on intellectual freedom/censorship, future concerns, the existence of state education agency publications on the subject, the types of assistance provided by state education agencies to library media specialists experiencing censorship attempts, other major sources of assistance, textbook censorship attempts, and related areas. A sample questionnaire is also provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. of Library Services.