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ERIC Number: ED096762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 14
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A Study To Identify Variables Perceived to Influence the Institutionalization of Innovations.
Bassi, Juanita; Watson, D. Gene
Program evaluators and program managers should examine appropriate dimensions of innovations when deciding to support, accept, or reject an educational innovation. Survey questionnaires were used with 76 teachers and administrators and 65 State supervisors and local project directors of exemplary programs to obtain a list of 38 "essential" characteristics of innovations. An additional 300 educational practitioners reponded to a 50-item questionnaire which included the 38 items and Likert-type response categories. These responses were factor-analyzed to identify six dimensions of innovation characteristics: student concern orientation, additional resource requirements, organized resistance potential, consumer report, credibility, and operational implementation. The significance of the study lies mainly in its use of the views of staff members involved in innovative projects as a resource for isolating and identifying the variables which influence the institutionalization of innovative projects. This reduction of staff views regarding the institutionalization of innovative programs and the substance of change provides a data base from which administrators can formulate strategies for improving the planning and accelerating the acceptance of innovative programs. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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