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ERIC Number: ED185662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 49
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Findings and Implications of the Thirteen School Study.
Barrows, Linda K.
The research discussed in this paper was intended to identify factors that promote or retard change in schools and to relate those factors to the modifications they foster. Data were collected from 13 Wisconsin elementary schools to determine what factors affect (1) the decision to adopt an innovation, (2) the rate of implementation of an innovation, (3) the adaptation of an innovation, and (4) the decision to abandon or replace the innovation. The findings were compared to six current models of change. The models, discussed in detail, were the problem-solving model; the social interaction model; the research, development, and diffusion model; the linkage model; the concerns-based adoption model; and the Individually Guided Education model. Results showed that none of the six models proved adequate in explaining the adoption histories of the 13 sites. The paper then discusses assumptions and utility of each of the change models and suggests an alternative conceptualization of the adoption process. The paper concludes that future research should attempt to relate differing patterns of adoption to the degree of implementation of an innovation. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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