ERIC Number: ED250015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
National Education Practice File. Final Report. Evaluation Report.
Clay, Katherine; Davis, James E.
The purpose of the National Education Practice File (NEPF) was to find out from educational practitioners what types of materials would be of value to them; to locate the types of information identified; and to make this information available to them through the development of a computerized file of practitioner-oriented materials. The 2-year, 4-phase project, which took place from October 1, 1982 to September 30, 1984, was conducted by the San Mateo Educational Resources Center (SMERC) with two subcontractors--the Social Science Education Consortium, contractor for the ERIC Clearinghouse on Social Studies/Social Science Education; and the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility. Phase I was concerned with the development of clear and concise specifications of the types of materials needed by practitioners to support improvement efforts at the classroom and building level. The principal activity of Phase II was the creation of a separate computerized test file of all materials already in ERIC that met these specifications. These items were tagged "Practitioners," using a new Target Audience data element developed for NEPF. The development of new sources of practitioner-oriented materials and the addition of such documents to ERIC were the primary activities in Phase III. Evaluation of the file was conducted at nine official test sites in Phase IV. Recommendations based on experiences with and evaluation of the project were made in three major categories: the educational practitioner as audience for ERIC; building a database for practitioners; and outreach. The project resulted in the identification and tagging of 46,344 ERIC documents (RIE) and articles (CIJE) with the new "practitioners" Target Audience tag. Twenty-three appendixes to the final report are presented: (1) Report of Working Group Meeting; (2) Search Strategy; (3) ERIC Processing Manual (Guidelines for Applying Target Audience); (4) Revision in Timelines; (5) Acquisitions and Selection Plan, plus Addendum; (6) Document Acquisition and Selection Chart; (7) Agenda--Field Test Site Training; (8) Recordkeeping Forms, Explanatory Materials; (9) Full Text Documents (Guidelines for Processing); (10) Sensing Network Survey and Highlights of Results; (11) New Acquisitions Sources; (12) Journal Articles Compiled (Guidelines for Compiling); (13) Journal Articles Compiled (Guidelines for Processing); (14) Flyers, Letters, Explanatory Materials Used by Clearinghouses; (15) 25 Step Processing Plan; (16) Copyright Laws: Implications for ERIC; (17) Acquisitions Sources--List; (18) Sample Search Packet; (19) Client Telephone Interview Form; (20) Boulder Valley Information Packet; (21) Interview Form--ERIC Clearinghouse Directors; (22) Interview Form--Practice File Searchers; and (23) Statistics on NEPF Documents (Target Audience, Level of Availability, Number of Microfiche, Length, Type). (BBM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Curriculum Guides, Databases, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Online Systems, Program Evaluation, Reference Materials, Search Strategies, Secondary School Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City, CA.