ERIC Number: ED051274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Demonstration as a Means of Dissemination.
Lapan, Stephen D.; And Others
The effectiveness of demonstration centers in education as a means of inducing school personnel to adopt new modes of behavior (methodology) and/or new materials (curriculum) is evaluated. Data was collected through the use of an observation schedule, two questionnaires, and a structured interview. Demonstration varies in effectiveness depending on the criterion of success. Results show: 1) A vast majority (80%) of visitors to a center say they would like to implement activities they have observed, 2) A limited number (30%) actually try something new in their class or school as a result of the visit, 3) 10% of teachers in the target schools attribute substantial help in the development of their programs to demonstration center personnel (and not to the visit itself), 4) 2% of the districts adopt demonstrated programs in total. The viewers are inclined instead to adopt parts rather than the entire demonstration activity. The implications of this evaluation report are extensive for those educators who intend to use the concept of demonstration as a means of disseminating innovations. (Author/GS)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Behavior Change, Curriculum Enrichment, Demonstration Centers, Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Evaluation Methods, Gifted, Information Dissemination, Instructional Innovation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, School Personnel, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation.
Identifiers: Illinois Gifted Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971