ERIC Number: ED165292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of the Perception of the Extent to Which Innovations in the Primary School Are Desirable and Realizable. Report Number 2.
Vandenberghe, R.; Pottie, Cecile
In most of the Western European countries, innovations in the primary schools are introduced by a central authority. After a decision is made to adopt a new curriculum or recommend a particular instructional procedure, inspectors introduce it to the teachers. This research report examines on the one hand the extent to which inspectors and teachers consider the innovations as desirable and realizable and on the other hand how these two groups motivate their personal views on the matter. The desired result was to learn which objectives are considered important by these groups and what importance they attach to different constraints. Respondents to a questionnaire were asked to choose and rank from a list of 12 motives and 18 constraints related to innovations in the primary school. The findings indicate that inspectors pay less attention to all the possible constraints than is required by their task, which consists of motivating the teachers for the innovation. Also, when inspectors point out constraints, the constraints are of a different kind from those considered important by the teachers. In a political-administrative innovation strategy, the authors conclude, inspectors must pay more attention to the adoption and the dissemination of the innovation and less to its implementation. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium).
Note: For a related document, see EA 011 209