THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL AND CURRICULUM DESIGN IN INFORMATION UTILIZATION FOR EDUCATION STUDENTS

PAULINE M ROTHSTEIN, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to develop a model to train education students with different information needs under diverse circumstances in information utilization skills. Training in information utilization skills as described in the Training System Model (TSM) includes basic library research skills but also includes skills needed to increase student awareness of information sources and services outside of the traditional library.^ Hawes' approach to model building was used as the basis for construction of the Training System Model (TSM). In this approach, the construction of a model begins with the selection of an analogue for model building. The General System Theory analogue was selected as the analogue for the Training System Model (TSM). Using this analogue, the Training System Model (TSM) was constructed with a spatio-temporal structure, a conceptual form, and exchange and adaptation as its substance.^ The Training System Model (TSM) was conceptualized in terms of a Training System and three subsystems, the Learner System, the School of Education Program System, and the Information System. The interaction between each of these systems and the Training System as well as the interaction between subsystems form the basis of the Training System Model (TSM).^ The Training System Model (TSM) was used to generate a Training Program which is isomorphic to it. This Training Program was designed to be used with five modules. A task analysis was developed for each of the five modules. However, for this study, only Module I: Awareness of Materials and Services was fully developed with a trainer's manual and evaluation instruments. The Training Program for Module I was implemented with four graduate students from a school of education. Case studies derived from this implementation were developed.^ Analysis of the development of the Training System Model (TSM) and the Training Program led to the following conclusions: (1) The analoguing process described by Hawes can provide a framework for the development of models in information utilization for education students. (2) The General Systems Theory analogue can be used to develop new concepts and theoretical models in information utilization skills training. (3) Questions and hypotheses about the Learner System, the School of education Program System, and the Information System can be generated from the Training System Model (TSM). (4) A Training Program which is isomorphic to the Training System Model (TSM) can be used to train education students successfully in information utilization skills.^ Further research appears necessary: (1) To develop and implement the Training Program for Modules II to V. (2) To determine if the Training Program for Modules I to V is effective in training education students in information utilization skills. (3) To determine the effect of interaction between variables identified in each of the subsystems of the Training System Model (TSM). (4) To develop other models which generate productive research in information utilization skills training. ^

Subject Area

Curriculum development

Recommended Citation

ROTHSTEIN, PAULINE M, "THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL AND CURRICULUM DESIGN IN INFORMATION UTILIZATION FOR EDUCATION STUDENTS" (1981). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8109067.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8109067

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