ERIC Number: ED098141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of New Social Studies Projects and Their Adoption in Four States.
Hahn, Carole L.
The problem of this study was to assess the characteristics of innovations that were perceived by two samples of potential adopters of social studies innovations. The purpose was to determine if those perceptions were related to the potential adopters' attitudes toward the innovations and to adoption of innovations, and if relative advantage, compatability, trialability, observability, and complexity are useful concepts to help predict the degree to which social studies innovations will be adopted. Principals of 250 high schools in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia received a New Social Studies Materials List and a Materials Information Questionnaire. Statistical analyses performed on the data from the completed questionnaires indicated that potential adopters tended to come from more urban and suburban communities, that there is correlation between perceptions and attitudes, but that little correlation exists between perceptions and adoption and between attitudes and adoption. Attitudes were shown to be influenced by observability and compatability. The New Social Studies Materials List, Materials Information Questionnaire, and tables of data are included. (Author/KSM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies, College and University Faculty Association (Chicago, Illinois, November 1974)