ERIC Number: ED347991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Adoption and Diffusion of an Electronic Network for Education.
Hamilton, Julie; Thompson, Ann
Adoption diffusion theory was used as the theoretical base to study early adopters' use of an electronic communication network for teachers developed at the College of Education at Iowa State University, i.e., the Electronic Educational Exchange (EEE). The EEE is designed to provide a convenient method for the exchange of ideas between student teachers, practicing teachers, and Iowa State faculty, and to provide telecommunications experience for the three groups. Thirty-five subjects were selected from a list of the most frequent EEE users in the spring of 1990, including university professors, graduate students, student teachers, and preservice teachers from Iowa State, and educators from the surrounding area. Research has suggested that personal characteristics early adopters have in common include education level, social status, social participation, cosmopolitan outlook, mass media use, personal communication, degree of innovation information seeking, attitude toward change, attitude toward risk, aspirations, and attitude toward fatalism; the questionnaire used in the study elicited such information from the subjects as well as their initial and current perceptions of the EEE in five categories: relative advantage, compatibility, triability, complexity, and observability. It was found that, in general, the characteristics of early adopters were in agreement with the Adoption/Diffusion Theory of Rogers; the subjects' current perceptions of the system were higher than their initial perceptions; and the message content and persons with whom subjects communicated were similar and suggested that the system was being used for professional development purposes. A discussion of the educational implications of these findings concludes the paper. (5 references) (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adoption Diffusion Theory (Rogers)
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division; see IR 025 706.