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ERIC Number: ED016783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jun
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE ADOPTION OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS AMONG TEACHERS OF VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE, A DIGEST OF A PH.D. DISSERTATION. RESEARCH SERIES IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION.
CHRISTIANSEN, JAMES E.; TAYLOR, ROBERT E.
TO DETERMINE THE RELATIVE INFLUENCE EXERTED BY DIFFERENT SOURCES ON THE ADOPTION OF INNOVATIONS AMONG EXPERIENCED VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE TEACHERS, THIS STUDY HAD AS SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES TO (1) DEVELOP MEANS OF CLASSIFYING TEACHERS INTO ADOPTER CATEGORIES, (2) IDENTIFY THE MORE INFLUENTIAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION IN CREATING AWARENESS, (3) IDENTIFY SELECTED SOURCES INFLUENTIAL IN CAUSING ADOPTION OR REJECTION, (4) DETERMINE TEACHER PERCEPTION OF REASONS FOR ADOPTION OR REJECTION, (5) ANALYZE THE ROLE OF SOURCES OF INFORMATION IN ADOPTION OR REJECTION, (6) IDENTIFY THE MORE EFFECTIVE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION, AND (7) DETERMINE WHETHER DISTRICT SUPERVISORS COULD IDENTIFY INNOVATIVENESS AMONG TEACHERS. DATA WERE OBTAINED FROM 101 EXPERIENCED VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE TEACHERS OF 14 SUPERVISORY DISTRICTS IN OHIO. A PRETESTED INSTRUMENT WAS USED IN GROUP INTERVIEWS AT REGULAR DISTRICT MEETINGS. SUPERVISORS WERE TESTED ON THEIR ABILITY TO IDENTIFY ADOPTION CATEGORIES OF TEACHERS WITH A TWO-WAY, FORCED-CHOICE, COMPARISON-OF-PAIRS INSTRUMENT. SOME OF THE FINDINGS WERE--(1) STATE SUPERVISORS WERE THE MOST FREQUENT SOURCES OF INFORMATION, (2) THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR ADOPTION WERE STATE SUPERVISOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS AND OBSERVATION OF THE INNOVATION IN USE, (3) LACK OF CONVICTION AS TO THE VALUE OF A PRACTICE AND NEED OF ADDITIONAL TRAINING TO UTILIZE IT WERE THE MOST FREQUENT REASONS FOR NOT ADOPTING AN INNOVATION, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE SLOW ADOPTERS, AND (4) DISTRICT SUPERVISORS, GENERALLY, COULD DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF INNOVATIVENESS EXHIBITED BY TEACHERS WITHIN THEIR DISTRICTS. THE COMPLETE DISSERTATION BY JAMES CHRISTIANSEN IS AVAILABLE AS 66-6239 FOR $3.05 ON MICROFILM AND FOR $10.60 AS XEROXED COPY FROM UNIVERSITY MICROFILMS, INC., 300 NORTH ZEEB ROAD, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48106. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers: OHIO