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Dissertation Information for James Carroll Baughman

NAME:
- James Carroll Baughman

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Case Western Reserve University (USA) (1971)

ADVISORS:
- William Goffman

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Conrad H. Rawski
- Bertram B. Masia
- Tefko Saracevic

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: A Model for Establishing a Curriculum and its Core Literature Source

Abstract: The purpose of this investigation is to develop a general method for establishing a curriculum and its core literature source by using a mathematical approach. The specific data employed in this study to develop the general method may be utilized to implement a curriculum for the education of elementary and secondary school library media specialists.

The concepts of communication and states of knowledge are believed to be the central and fundamental elements of the education process: and if the unity of knowledge, i.e., its connectedness, is to be identified, it will be accomplished through the structure of knowledge itself. The major hypothesis in this study is that a curriculum may be developed by mathematically analyzing the structure of a subject literature which is assumed to reflect states of knowledge. The theoretical aspects of the study center around three types of structures: these are (1) the structure of knowledge, (2) the structure of a subject literature, and (3) the structure of a curriculum.

The communication process is viewed as a sequence of events resulting in some outcome due to the transfer of information from a knowledge base, the source, to the learner, the destination. The Standards for School Media Programs (1969) and specific journals selected from Education Index from 1966-67 through 1969-70 are the source, and the resulting curriculum document is the outcome.

Curriculum design, or structure, in this study consists of the selection and organization of the content to be included in a curriculum document. The selection components entail the choosing of subject areas and the core literature source for the curriculum. The selection component serves as a classification scheme for knowledge relevant to the school library media center concept, and the core literature source serves as a body of literature of manageable size as a mode for implementing the curriculum. The organization component comprises intercommunication classes, or structural models, and communication chains, which specify an order for the subject areas; both are determined by the concept of distance when an information source is represented as a metric space. The dynamics and statics of the literature are studies in order to make a prediction for the growth of knowledge.

The approach to the structure and organization of knowledge in this study is through the structure of a subject literature. It is believed that structure provides understanding of literature forms and processes, as opposed to the understanding of the literature's intellectual content. This is not to disclaim the substantive properties of literature; instead, it offers a method for talking about a literature in order that relationships and other characteristics of the literature may be recognized which may ultimately lead to the establishment of an effective communication process and system. Thus, a meaningful and economical information transfer schema can be realized

MPACT Scores for James Carroll Baughman

A = 6
C = 0
A+C = 6
T = 6
G = 1
W = 6
TD = 6
TA = 0
calculated 2008-02-07 10:56:46

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Students under James Carroll Baughman

ADVISEES:
- Madeline F. Nixon - Simmons College (1976)
- Virginia S. Borden - Simmons College (1978)
- Susan S. Baughman - Simmons College (1981)
- Renee P. Israel - Simmons College (1990)
- Phyllis A. Robinson - Simmons College (2000)
- Elizabeth Crowley Fleming - Simmons College (2004)

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