ERIC Number: ED226456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
Documenting Program Adaptation in a District-Wide Implementation Effort: The Three-Year Evolution from Evaluation to an Instructional Improvement Plan. Research on Concerns-Based Adoption.
Melle, Marge; Pratt, Harold
To learn the extent to which a revised elementary science program for grades 3 to 6 had been implemented in the 81 elementary schools of the Jefferson County (Colorado) School District, program developers adopted an assessment system based on the innovation configurations concept. The evolution of this system into an ongoing program for instructional improvement is described in this report. The first stage in the evolution consisted of the collection of data concerning the degree of implementation of identified components of the new program in several randomly selected schools. In the second stage the program developers involved the building principals in the sampled schools in the implementation process, obtaining dramatic increases in implementation levels. The final stage consisted of refining the processes developed in the first two stages to accommodate the needs and concerns expressed by principals, teachers, and administrators. This report concludes with a discussion of the elements of the instructional improvement plan thus developed, and a comparison of these elements with the components of the innovation configurations approach. (PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Instructional Improvement, Intermediate Grades, Principals, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
Communications Services, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, Education Annex 3.203, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-1288 ($1.75).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Identifiers: Innovation Configurations; Jefferson County School District CO
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 015 382-383 and ED 204 180-181.