ERIC Number: ED185495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Teachers Adapt to Innovation.
Schulz, Dorothy Grant
Three functions of educational change and innovation are to hypothesize a solution in a school problem solving process, to meet educational goals more efficiently, and to stimulate interest and progressive development in school personnel. The retrospective study of a five-year implementation of a reading improvement program concluded that this program change accomplished all three functions. The school district coupled a new basal reader program and a criterion referenced testing system with computer assisted instructional methods in an attempt to increase student reading achievement. When teachers were asked to report on their perceptions of the program implementation period, they showed that they adapted in different ways. Program implementation was accomplished through structuring skills (correlation guidelines), time (schedules), and routines (classroom and computer procedures). Some teachers developed new organizational arrangements and approaches; but other teachers continued to use old techniques while adding on the new components, creating the sensation that they were teaching two separate reading systems. Teachers found support in exchanging ideas and complaints with other teachers. Overall, many teachers felt that they had developed a new awareness of the components of reading instruction. (Appendixes provide questionnaires and the interview format used in the study.) (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Turner Unified School District 202, Kansas City, KS.