ERIC Number: ED106193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Variables Affecting the Successful Introduction of an Innovative Program in Aesthetics.
Edwards, Roger; Wright, William J.
This study deals with variables affecting the successful introduction of a program in aesthetic education. The Aesthetic Education Project is an innovative elementary level art program that reduces the traditional emphasis on skill development while increasing the emphasis on perceptual development, art appreciation, and appreciation of the creative process. Since this program is significantly different from most art programs, variables related to diffusion and teacher acceptance of the program are explored. Crossbreak analysis of questionnaire data obtained from 171 teachers indicates that: (1) teachers' perceptions of goals appropriate to a given group of students are influenced more by perception of general goals than by specific goals suggested by the innovative materials; (2) the effect of teacher input to the decision making process and future use of the materials is low; (3) teachers who helped initiate the program are more committed to the precepts of the program than to the materials themselves; and (4) the stronger the belief of teachers in their own sufficiency as purveyors of the arts, the more likely they are to use and recommend the materials. The largest factor influencing future use of the program, aside from philosophic commitment to it, is positive or negative student response which itself showed little relationship to ability and socioeconomic status. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Aesthetic Education, Art Appreciation, Change Agents, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Diffusion, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Information Dissemination, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., April 1975)