ERIC Number: ED045529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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Curriculum Diffusion: Dissemination and Adoption of Materials in the Anthropology Curriculum Project.
Richburg, James R.
The intent of this study was to learn how and why schools adopted the materials of the project. An open-ended questionnaire was used to obtain answers on issues of awareness, interest, evaluation, trial and adoption procedures, source of funds for purchasing the materials, and school community characteristics. Results were: 1) awareness level increased over time; 2) professional literature contributed most to bringing about awareness; 3) desire to improve social studies at the elementary level was most frequent reason for interest; 4) schools usually tried out materials on small scale before adopting; 5) schools which used other new curriculum materials also tended to adopt materials of the project; 6) the most crucial factor in adoption was the presence of a change agent within the school. Implications for future research were: 1) what is the role of the change agent for innovation, 2) what factors are involved in leading a school to adopt new curriculum materials, 3) how do preconceptions of curriculum design control future adoption of curriculum materials? A survey of literature on diffusion processes and a bibliography are included. (CWB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Anthropology, Diffusion, Educational Research, Information Dissemination, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials
M.J. Rice, Margaret Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia ($3.00)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.