ERIC Number: ED269074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Students' and Instructors' Perceptions and Usage of COS Library Services.
Parrott, Marietta; And Others
A study was conducted at College of the Sequoias (COS) to gather information about patterns of library utilization among vocational students. Specifically, the study focused on vocational students' attitudes toward libraries, differences between the attitudes of library users and non-users, factors influencing library use, vocational faculty use of and attitudes toward the COS library, and faculty perceptions of the importance of student use of the library and of the best approach to teaching library skills to vocational students. Survey instruments were administered in class to 226 students enrolled in business, industry and technology, and nursing classes; and to 37 vocational faculty members. Study findings included the following: (1) 88% of the students indicated that they felt very comfortable in libraries, 84% enjoyed reading, 55% indicated that their friends frequently used the library, 76% learned to use the library in high school, and 64% felt that libraries have information that is helpful to carpenters, welders, electricians, and mechanics; (2) in comparison to students in other classes, business students agreed more strongly with the statement that their instructors felt library use was important; (3) as a whole, faculty respondents were making minimal to moderate use of the COS library; and (4) 73% of the faculty members indicated that while they encouraged their students to use the library, they did not require it. The survey instruments are appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA. Office of Institutional Research.
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