ERIC Number: ED103980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
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Perceived Attributes of an Innovation: Syracuse University Project Advance.
Holloway, Robert E.
This paper examines the characteristics of an educational innovation that affect its adoption by public schools. The particular innovation under discussion is Project Advance, a cooperative program between Syracuse University and various New York secondary schools that offers selected college-level courses for academically able seniors at participating high schools. The varied perceptions of Project Advance by school personnel, parents, and students at the participating schools are discussed in light of whether they encouraged or hindered adoption of the program. Perceptions of five characteristics were considered especially important--the "relative advantage" of adopting the program, its compatibility with existing social values and organizational structures, its complexity, its trialability, and its observability. Results of the study show that Project Advance does not possess all five characteristics to an equal degree. The author concludes, however, that the low interrelationships among the five attributes indicate that uniformity is not necessary to maximize the potential for adoption. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York