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ERIC Number: ED179737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Adoption-Proneness Among Trade and Industrial Teachers as Measured by Cluster Analysis.
Oscarson, David J.; Finch, Curtis R.
A study to identify methods most influential in determining the acceptance and use of educational innovations examined variables associated with adoption-proneness of trade and industrial teachers. Phase 1 determined predictor variables for adoption-proneness through application of multiple linear regression to personal characteristics (including Rokeach Dogmatism Scale scores) of 202 secondary vocational teachers from four school districts in Virginia. In phase 2, trade and industrial teacher scores were partitioned from the study and subjected to cluster analysis to determine which members had similar characteristics. Mean scores for adoption-proneness were calculated for each cluster, based on the identified five predictor variables from phase 1, and then examined vis-a-vis cluster profiles. Four sub-clusters were identified, based on the amount of influence members felt should be exerted by academic teachers on vocational teachers' classroom procedures. In phase 3, a survey was administered to a sample of teachers from two states for comparison purposes. Cluster analysis (1) indicated that there exist unique groups within each sample, several with similar profiles, and (2) gave additional insight into characteristics of adoption-prone teachers. Results suggest that large scale adoption of innovative practices could be enhanced by involving adoption-prone groups which, once identified, could be encouraged to lead inservice activities and use innovations. (Data analysis tables are appended.) (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Vocational Association (73rd, Anaheim, California, December, 1979)