ERIC Number: ED023867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Variables Influencing Teacher Adoption of Cooperative Agricultural Occupations Curricula.
Williams, David L.; Hull, William L.
Oklahoma teachers attending workshops in the summers of 1965 and 1966 were not equally successful in initiating high school off-farm agricultural occupations programs even though the necessary competencies were attained. To determine relationships between teacher innovativeness and innovation diffusion, and to isolate variables associated with failure to adopt innovative programs, a diffusion scale, innovativeness scale, and administrator attitude scale were completed by interviewing each of the 32 teachers and their administrators. Diffusion of innovative practices was found to be significantly correlated with the number of teachers in a department, the number of students in a department, teacher innovativeness, and the number of non-farm agricultural students. The number of teachers in a department and teacher innovativeness accounted for nearly 52 of the 70 percent of the variance in the regression equation. Low correlations indicated the following factors did not seriously inhibit diffusion of cooperative agricultural occupations curricula: (1) administrator's attitude, (2) expenditure per pupil, (3) number of agricultural training stations available in the community, (4) offering of a separate agricultural mechanics class, and (5) the number of vocational education programs offered by the school. (DM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Dept. of Agricultural Education.; Oklahoma Vocational Research Coordinating Unit, Stillwater.