ERIC Number: ED135636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Implementation of the Levels of Use Observational Inventory (LoUOI): An Instrument to Aid in the Adoption of an Innovation Process.
Colbert, Joel A.
The purpose of this research was to develop and implement an observational instrument to measure the process of innovation adoption as described by the Concerns Based Adoption Model developed at the University of Texas. This model defines seven levels of use of an innovation, ranging from no knowledge of the innovation, through routine use, to looking for better alternatives. The inventory was developed to complement interviews to determine an individual's level. The inventory was twice administered to 33 elementary school teachers attending a summer institute to familiarize them with the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS), which they would be using in the fall. Concurrent validity for the inventory was shown to be 0.71, test-retest reliability was 0.94, and there was perfect interrater reliability using two independent judges. The results of the study indicated that a valid and reliable estimate of the levels of use could be determined if the particular teacher was observed in the actual process of using the innovation. (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (50th, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 22-24, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document