ERIC Number: ED096255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Each His Own Man: The Role of Adoption Agents in the Implementation of Personalized Teacher Education.
Wallace, Richard C., Jr.
This paper focuses on the roles played by internal and external change agents actively involved in the adoption of Personalized Teacher Education (PTE) or its components. Six adoption agents were selected for interviews by a panel on the basis of the number of institutions worked with, number of years in the business, experience with components of the innovation, conceptual and verbal abilities, and documentation of experiences. Resulting information is condensed into two categories. One category deals with information about adopting PTE, and the other category presents the guidelines set up by each agent. The author presents a set of generalized guidelines, derived from an analysis of agents and contrasted with Havelock's Innovation Adoption Process. The author concludes that the most salient finding emerging from the interviews was that each agent was his own man acting on self-knowledge, along with a strong commitment and knowledge of the innovation, to provide the vital elements that activated the adoption stages leading toward effective use of PTE. Also, the definitions of the terms "change agent" and "adoption agent" are differentiated. (PD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.