ERIC Number: ED193774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Conditions that Facilitate Progress Toward the Utilization of New Products or Practices in Local Schools.
Papagiannis, Meredith; Richardson, Gerry
This study examines the relative importance that local school personnel ascribe to certain facilitating conditions identified in the diffusion literature: administrative support of the change process, faculty motivation toward school improvement efforts, participatory decision-making, inservice training efforts, internal advocacy groups, linkage agents, outside resources, technical assistance during the change process, and information about research and development (R&D) products. These and other pertinent factors were related to measures of progress toward implementation of a new program or practice in 23 Florida Linkage System (FLS) project schools. The individual school was the basic unit of analysis. The existence of each of the nine conditions was found to be positively and significantly correlated to both implementation and satisfaction with implementation. However, those conditions that correlated most highly with both implementation and satisfaction were, for the most part, not school characteristics, but were external to the school or supplied by the FLS project: technical assistance, information about R&D products, outside resources, and inservice training. Of those facilitating conditions considered most important by school personnel, only faculty motivation was among those highly correlated with satisfaction. Another important result was that all of the nine facilitating conditions were found to be highly intercorrelated. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adoption (Ideas), Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Information Dissemination, Linking Agents, Multiple Regression Analysis, Program Implementation, School Surveys, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida Linkage System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).