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ERIC Number: ED041001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 233
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The Diffusion of Institute Concepts Beyond the Participants of an NDEA Institute in Critical and Appreciative Reading.
Edmonds, Bernyce Scott
This research examined the diffusion activities of 35 administrators, specialists, and classroom teachers in implementing NDEA Institute recommended concepts in their schools. Extensiveness of diffusion activities was measured by the number of concepts diffused and the number of concepts adopted by colleagues. The study was conducted in three phases--during the Institute operation and 7 months and 10 months following the Institute. Measuring techniques employed were observation and tests during phase one, a mailed reactionaire during phase two, and sample school visits during phase three. The number of concepts diffused was found to be related to (1) professional position (specialists diffused more concepts than administrators and classroom teachers), (2) self-perception of diffusion responsibility, (3) Institute attendance rationale, and (4) self-adoption of Institute concepts. The number of concepts diffused was not related to self-perception of leader behavior, and the number of concepts adopted by colleagues was related only to the teacher participants' self-adoption of the concepts. Because of seemingly built-in obstacles, diffusion activities were minimal for most participants. (Author/LH)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University