ERIC Number: ED133872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-15
Reference Count: 0
Investigation of the Abandonment Rate and Causes of Abandonment of Innovative Practices in Secondary Schools. Final Report.
DeArman, John W.
The adoption of educational innovations by secondary schools, their abandonment, and the causes for abandonment are the subjects of this study. The researchers surveyed 3,271 high schools accredited by the North Central Association, including both public and private schools. School administrators were questioned about the history in their schools of 33 educational innovations relating to curriculum, technology, and organization. The majority of the schools responding to the questionnaires were larger, moderately to well financed, public schools located mainly in communities other than small towns or rural areas. The innovation adoption average for these schools was 9.7, while abandonment averaged .76. The innovations most frequently abandoned were those that were complex, expensive, and difficult to administer, such as flexible scheduling, programmed instruction, and team teaching. The innovations most frequently retained were simpler, less expensive, and easier to administer, such as simulation and gaming, independent study, and ethnic studies. When abandonment did occur, it usually came primarily as a result of factors within the schools related to personnel (specifically, teacher resistance) and pupil outcomes. Statistical tables contain data on each of the 33 innovations, as well as data concerning school characteristics. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Administrators, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Educational Programs, Educational Technology, High Schools, Instructional Innovation, Organizational Change, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Statistical Data, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia.