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The purpose of this study was to determine the level of involvement of the media specialists in instructional development with teachers. A taxonomy developed by Dr. David Loertscher was used as a basis for the questionnaire.

A questionnaire was sent to ninety-five media specialists in public schools in four Area Educational Agencies in Iowa who worked with students in grades 7, 8, and 9. Eighty-four media specialists responded to the survey.

Each level of the taxonomy was assigned the value of its level. The average level of involvement of both the part-time and full-time media specialist was at level seven. The data also revealed that the more experience a media specialist has the higher the average level of involvement. In addition, the more teachers assigned to the attendance center, the higher the level of involvement. The data revealed that only thirty-seven percent of the media specialists were working at levels nine and ten, the upper levels of involvement on the taxonomy.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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