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Dissertation Information for Jean Short Allen

NAME:
- Jean Short Allen

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) (1987)

ADVISORS:
- Evelyn Hope Daniel

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Ray Warren Carpenter
- Edward G. Holley

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.

It was found that radio and television were used more by respondents with lower income and less desirable work situations. Libraries were used more by urban dwellers with greater leadership responsibility and a higher educational level. Variables relating to a greater use of print materials included leadership responsibility, sex (female), higher income and education, and urban residence. Informal interpersonal resources, of which the pastor of the local church was most important, and books were found to be most used for theological information. Reading ability was determined to be significantly related to the use of print materials, but not libraries. Extension students reported less use of libraries and print materials than on-campus students.

These general patterns are similar to those which prior studies done in the United States have shown to characterize other groups, a finding which appears to indicate that the theory of information seeking may be applied to differing nations and cultures.

MPACT Scores for Jean Short Allen

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:19:59

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