ERIC Number: ED041772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Strategy for Stimulating the Adoption and Diffusion of Science Curriculum Innovations Among Elementary School Teachers, Final Report.
Mechling, Kenneth R.
This study investigated means by which innovations in elementary science teaching may be efficiently diffused to classroom teachers. Selected teachers were used to adopt innovations and to extend the innovations within their schools. Subjects were drawn from 1,205 elementary teachers teaching in 112 elementary schools in western Pennsylvania. Sociometric measures were administered to identify the science opinion leader and non-leader in each school. Twenty science opinion leaders and twenty-one non-leaders, each representing a different school, were randomly selected to attend an inservice program. These teachers were administered the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale and The Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory. A questionnaire was administered pre-and post-to all teachers in the schools involved to measure changes in science teaching. The findings of the study indicated that neither adoption nor diffusion is facilitated by concentrating efforts on teachers identified as science opinion leaders. Dogmatism scores were significantly related to the adoption of innovations, with low dogmatic teachers showing greater changes. The Minnesota Teacher Attitudes Inventory proved of little value in identifying teachers likely to adopt innovations. (EB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Clarion State Coll., PA.
Identifiers: Diffusion (Science); Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory; Rokeach Dogmatism Scale