ERIC Number: ED067444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
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The Classification and Evaluation of Innovations in Vocational and Technical Education. Final Report.
Hull, William L.; Wells, Randall L.
This study identified features of innovations which help decision-makers compare and select appropriate innovations for adoption, resulting in the development of guidelines for evaluating innovation characteristics. Following a comprehensive search of the literature for taxonomic dimensions of innovations, interviews were held with school superintendents and others in Ohio. In order to assess the characteristics gleaned from the literature search in the context of administrative needs. The Evaluation Guide was both pilot tested and field tested. Results of the study indicated the following items as most essential to administrators in evaluating innovations: (1) quantity of staff, (2) costs, (3) availability of dollars, (4) space (housing), (5) lead time, (6) source of dollars, (7) hardware, and (8) complexity of innovation. Items rated at least essential to teachers and administrators were: (1) rate of learning, (2) entry and advancement in an occupation, (3) new relationships among groups, (4) cyclical considerations, (5) economic and social efficiencies, (6) reliability, and (7) divisibility. Also, a taxonomy of innovations was not feasible at the present time, and innovations were difficult to define with few unique characteristics for vocational and technical education. (JS)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.