Dissertation Information for Jean Short Allen
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: INFORMATION-SEEKING PATTERNS AND RESOURCE USE BY BAPTIST LEADERS IN THREE CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES
Abstract: The purpose of this investigation was to gain an understanding of how people in developing countries obtain needed information and what patterns of use might be discovered to aid in predicting such use. A sample of seven groups of Baptist leaders in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras was studied to determine what information resources they used for both general and theological information and the patterns formed by that use. Data were gathered by means of a self-administered mail questionnaire sent to 606 persons, of which 56.7 percent responded. The questionnaire asked about use of print and non-print mass media, libraries, and interpersonal resources for information. Leadership responsibility, reading ability, participation in distance education, and demographic and socio-economic factors were related to the use of information resources. Data were analyzed using a SAS program.
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