ERIC Number: ED038347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Attributes of Innovations as Factors in Diffusion.
Clinton, Alfred; House, John H.
A study attempted to specify a set of attributes of innovations and explore the extent to which these attributes have general utility in accounting for acceptance of innovations. It was hypothesized that (1) it should be possible to select the best predictors of acceptance of innovations from among the set of attribute variables and (2) attributes will tend to cluster and allow for categorization under specific factor headings. Subjects were 337 teachers (K-13) in five large urban systems. Information concerning perceived attitudes toward 18 different innovations (related to the teaching-learning process and school organization) were collected using a five-point Likert-type rating scale consisting of 16 attribute items representing the independent variables and two dependent variables (acceptance and experience). Principal component analysis and a multiple regression program were utilized to derive the best predictors. Hypothesis 1 was accepted; Hypothesis 2 was generally supported. Conclusions: Attributes accruing to innovations are perhaps as relevant to implementation of innovations as are external factors-how a teacher perceives a new idea or thing being as important as the thing or idea itself. Innovation appears initially to be a mental process followed by a physical act of implementation. Implications are noted for change theory, for practice, and for research. (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Assn. meeting, Minneapolis, March 1970