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ERIC Number: ED226455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Procedure for Assessing the Implementation of Innovations with Possibilities and Problems. Research on Concerns-Based Adoption.
Heck, Susan
When different individuals operating in different contexts implement similar innovations, they approach the various parts of the innovation in different ways. When assessed according to the research procedures used to study innovation implementation at the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education at the University of Texas at Austin, the patterns formed by the combination of these modified parts into new, tailored versions of the innovation are called innovation configurations. This report describes the five-step process for developing the checklists with which innovation configurations can be assessed and evaluated, then delineates some of the conceptual and technical problems associated with using the process. The five data collecting steps include identifying the components of the innovation, verifying the use of these components and establishing the range of variations in that use, refining the checklist developed in the first two steps, collecting data, and analyzing the data. Discussed here are the following problems associated with the procedure: establishing the reliability of the checklists, developing suitable data aggregation methods, and assessing the degree of change represented by the use of a particular version of an innovation. Examples of data types and data presentation methods are included. (PGD)
Communications Services, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, Education Annex 3.203, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-1288 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Identifiers: Innovation Configurations
Note: Presented at a symposium, "Assessing Program Adaptation during Implementation: Concepts, Strategies, and Issues," at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). For related documents, see EA 015 382-384.