ERIC Number: ED341811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Reassessment of the Adoption of Technology Education by Industrial Arts Teachers.
Rogers, George E.
A follow-up was done of an earlier study that found that industrial arts teachers had failed to accept technology education as a replacement for industrial arts. A reassessment of Rogers' (1989) Stages of Concern (SoC) research was conducted. All industrial educators from both the Omaha (Nebraska) and Millard (Nebraska) Public Schools were included in the sample group. The SoC questionnaire was used to measure teachers' attitudes toward technology education. The 35 items on the questionnaire represented the 7 stages of concern, with 5 items used for each step. Forty-two of 59 teachers responded, with 2 returned surveys unusable. Analysis of the SoC profile indicated that the total sample's relative peak was located at the information stage, with a secondary peak at the refocusing stage. Relative peaks in either of these SoC stages indicated nonadoption of the educational innovation. Data showed that 31 respondents had peaks below the management stage. This lack of SoC profile peaks in the latter four stages meant that the majority of industrial education teachers had not adopted technology education. Data clearly indicated that older (51 years old or more) and more experienced (26 years teaching or more) industrial arts teachers were refocusing technology education prior to its adoption. This revising meant that they felt the new program did not meet students' educational needs. (Eight tables and seven figures are attached.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nebraska; Stages of Concern Questionnaire; Technology Education
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Los Angeles, CA, December 1991).