ERIC Number: ED265612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Relative Effectiveness of Four Modes of Dissemination of Curriculum Materials.
Mayer, Victor J.; Fortner, Rosanne W.
Four different methods for disseminating materials and activities used in a program to teach middle school students about aquatic environments were compared in Ohio. Six hundred teachers elected to attend one-and-a-half day workshops, 180 teachers attended workshops requiring 10 full days' participation, 200 teachers ordered materials by mail, and 400 teachers took advantage of a museum's sponsorship of selected program activities for groups of students. Questionnaires were sent to a sample of the teachers in each group. The responses indicated that those attending the short workshops used the materials and activities at a higher rate, and introduced them to others at a higher rate, than did teachers in other groups. Participants in the museum program showed the least use. Differences among the teachers making up the groups appeared to have greater impact on use than did the presentation format. Analysis showed that teachers selecting short workshops were less likely to have master's degrees and more likely to attend professional meetings and to participate on curriculum and textbook adoption committees. They appeared more interested in the professional benefits of the workshop than in the larger number of academic credits associated with the larger workshop. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio