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ERIC Number: ED064199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Pages: 23
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An Introduction to the Indiana University Social Studies Field Agent Training Program.
Marker, Gerald W.
In this conference speech the author offers a rationale for the training of field agents and, moreover, analyzes how field agents can carry out planned educational change. Offering three brief descriptions on theoretical models illustrating how change occurs, the author portrays: 1) The Social Interaction Model; 2) The Problem-Solver Model; and 3) The Research, Development, Diffusion, and Adoption (RDD&A) Model which provides a framework for the field agent program. Change in education is slow, according to this theory, not because of a lack of basic research or development of new products, but, rather, because of problems at the diffusion and adoption stages. Problems occur in the diffusion process because potential adopters are not aware of innovations, depend on personal sources for information, and need help in evaluating innovative processes. During the adoption process, a trial process consisting of the innovative program being applied on a small scale, sustained assistance at the local level is needed. To conclude, field agents can increase the rate of diffusion and adoption in numerous ways, thereby contributing to educational change. (SJM)
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