ERIC Number: ED298067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
To Survey American Crafts: A Planning Study. Research Division Report #2.
Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Research Div.
The purpose of this planning study about crafts in the United States is to provide preliminary data and information prior to a national crafts' survey by the National Endowment of the Arts. This study reports on: (1) the preparation of a systematic classification of U.S. crafts; (2) attempts to group and classify crafts people and their organizations into a system; (3) estimates of the number of crafts people and crafts' organizations; (4) geographical distribution of crafts people; and (5) suggestions about survey approaches, methods, and costs. The document reviews data from other surveys and craft-related directories in order to develop recommendations concerning the study of professional crafts people and craft organizations. The recommendations include suggestions that: (1) each component of the craft profession be studied as a separate research problem; (2) craft organizations be surveyed by mail as a first research priority; (3) craft organization membership rolls be used as the main sources of obtaining a crafts peoples interview sample; (4) professional crafts people be among the first components studied; and (5) an initial survey be undertaken to develop a broad descriptive picture of U.S. crafts people, followed by more detailed questionnaires concerning specific areas or groups. Tables and a list of U.S. Census Bureau regions and divisions are included. (JHP)
Descriptors: Classification, Craft Workers, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Demography, Geographic Distribution, Handicrafts, National Surveys, Occupational Surveys, Planning, Research Projects
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Research Div.
Note: Summarized from "To Survey American Crafts: A Planning Study" by Diana Zentay, and others.