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Kiesler, Charles. The Psychology of Commitment. New York: Academic Press, 1971.
The best book giving full attention to theory and experimental research on personal
commitment, its factors, and the degree to which different outward behaviors relate
to internal beliefs. Though others treat dissonance theory, attitudes, and values as
they relate to commitments, this book may be a starting point for further
understanding of how we can stick to our priorities.
Loomis, Charles. Social Systems: Essays on Their Persistence and Change. Princeton,
N.J.: Van Nostrand & Co., 1960.
First chapter presents an overall theoretical view on factors in a social setting or
community that should be taken into account in trying to understand a situation and
Miller, Delbert. Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement. New York: David
An easily understood manual on how to design various data-gathering strategies. The
strategies, simplified rules, and other discussion can help either the practitioner or the
Oppenheim, A.N. Questionnaire Design and Attitude Measurement. New York: Basic Books
A practical booklet on sociological research procedures. It discusses surveys, attitude
measuremen4 and analysis. Presents useful advice on how to gather ideas on possible
priorities and criteria and interpret them.
Osborne, Alexander. Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative
Problem Solving, 3rd ed. New York: Scribners, 1963.
The best description of how one can use the brainstorming technique with a group
to get ideas and input on priority concern&
Pirsig, Robert M. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. New York: Random
A discussion of how one man searched for the quality and value of life. A though
t-provoking philosophical book describing how both the artist and the scientist must
integrate their thinking if we're to truly know what's most important in this world,
what needs to be done firs 4 and how one can reach commitment to priorities.
Raths, Louis, Harmin Merrill, and Sidney Simon. Values and Teaching. Columbus,
Ohio: Charles Merrill Co., 1966.
A practical, easy to understand booklet on how to understand one's own
values and use them in everyday practical decisions and priority setting.
Simon, Sidney, Leland Howe, and Howard Kirschenbaum. Values Clarification. New
York: Hart Publishing, 1972.
Includes 79 specific strategies which individuals and groups can use to
determine what is most important in their live& These identified values can in
turn help further reasoning to determine activity and program priorities.
Steele, Sara. Developing a Questionnaire. Madison, Wis.: University of
Wisconsin-Extension, Division of Program and Staff Development, 1974.
A short practical outline of what a practitioner must do to take reliable, valid
surveys via a mailed questionnaire. Examples relating to Extension are included.
Stufflebearn, Daniel, and P.D. IL National Study Committee on Education. Educational
Evaluation and Decision Making. Itasca, Ill.: F.E. Peacock Publishers, 1971.
Presents theoretical discussion of the C.I.P.P. model of program evaluation and
how evaluation processes undergird decisions at various stages of program
development and implementation. Discusses the decision-making model that
serves as a basis for the priority-setting model of this booklet.