ERIC Number: ED373765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Perceptions in Instructional Development and Adoption.
Surry, Daniel W.; Gustafson, Kent L.
The roles of perceptions in instructional development and adoption processes were studied with regard to the attributes of three computer-based learning modules designed for use in weather-forecasting agencies as on-site training for forecasters. Twenty-nine forecasters were the potential adoption group studied as intended end-users. Seven instructional developers who had worked on the design and development of the modules were interviewed about their perceptions. In addition, 32 forecasters completed questionnaires about the modules. Developers tended to discuss the modules in terms of how they fit into the overall weather-forecasting organization, seeming to view the agencies as the potential adopters. Compatibility, complexity, and relative advantage were important perceptions in a forecaster's decision to adopt the learning modules, but the ability to conduct trials or observe results did not emerge as important perceptions for adopters. Implications for the adoption of technology are considered. Two figures and two tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Weather Forecasting
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.