ERIC Number: ED052961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
The Decision-Making Process in the Adoption of a New Physics Course in American High Schools. Final Report.
Yegge, John F.; And Others
Reported is a study of the implementation of the new Project Physics course in American high schools. In the summer of 1970, 457 teachers attending 14 National Science Foundation institutes and 98 of their school administrators provided information through discussions and questionnaires. At the four institutes at which an implementation conference was held, questionnaire responses were obtained twice from both teachers and administrators during the conferences. The participants of the remaining institutes were tested by mail. The questionnaires obtained personal information, school and school system data, attitudes, and opinions regarding the course adoption decision-making process. Conclusions made from the data analysis include: (1) the classroom teacher is most important in the adoption process; (2) adoption is most likely if the administration provides broad support; (3) the school most likely to adopt has a history of adopting other new courses; and (4) delay in adoption is increased by ineffective communication among school personnel. The characteristics of a teacher most likely to adopt a new course are presented in an ordered list. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.; State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.
Identifiers: Project Physics