ERIC Number: ED188602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Adoption of the IGE Innovation.
Felker, Roberta M.
This paper looks beyond the language of shared decision-making and team teaching to provide insight into how the norms of Individually Guided Education are translated into specific adoption outcomes. Its purposes are (1) to explicate the historical context and assumptions about the nature of schooling and the role of the teacher that are implicit in the consideration of IGE as a reform program; (2) to relate these assumptions to the parameters and importance of user system participation in research sites utilizing Rogers and Shoemaker's consonant-dissonant adopter typology; and (3) to consider the implication of the Studies of Implementation research for the broader area of innovation adoption. Analyses reveal that change models which assume organizations operate as a unit are inadequate in depicting and predicting the complexities of the change process. It reaffirms the value of explicating the theoretical framework which forms the origin for questions, of participation in a particular organizational system. Finally, it focuses critical attention on the role of participation in the IGE adoption process. The study concludes with an exploration of possibilities for further research. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Individually Guided Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980).