An investigation into the determinants of the level of service in resource centres in the elementary schools of Newfoundland and Labrador

Marrie, Kevin G.(Kevin Gerard) (1979) An investigation into the determinants of the level of service in resource centres in the elementary schools of Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The basic assumption underlying this study was that access to quality resource centre services can improve a school's instructional program. This study examines two questions concerning resource centre services in Newfoundland and Labrador's elementary schools. -- The major question related six general factors to the level of resource centre services. These factors are: -- a. the enrolment of the school -- b. the physical facilities -- c. the work done by paid workers -- d. the work done by volunteers -- e. the availability of support services from the district centre -- f. the proportion of release time allotted to the resource teacher. -- The second question related the respondent's rating of the importance of the services to their level of professional qualifications. -- The data for the study was obtained by sending questionnaires to 350 elementary schools across the province. Seventy-two per cent of the schools responded. In the analysis of the date, Pearson correlations and regression analysis were used to analyze the major question while Kendall's coefficient of concordance was utilized in examining the secondary question. -- The study showed the effects of the general factors on the level of resource centre services. It also found that the ratings of the importance of resource centre services was not influenced by the qualifications of the respondents. Finally, it recommended that there be future research done to find more specific ways of improving resource centre services.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7607
Item ID: 7607
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 88-91.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1979
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: School libraries--Newfoundland and Labrador; Instructional materials centers

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