ERIC Number: ED189702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Adoption of an Innovation in Schools. Technical Report No. 529.
Barrows, Linda K.; And Others
The Studies of Implementation is a three-year, longitudinal investigation focusing on the process by which an innovation is implemented and becomes a pattern of individualized schooling. An examination is made of the behavior of 13 elementary schools during the entire change process, which includes the adoption, implementation, and adaptation of an innovation. The innovation that all 13 schools chose to implement is the Instructional Programming Model (IPM), the central concept of individually guided education. Two other innovations were chosen by some of the schools. The purpose of this technical report is to present the first-year findings related to one research question: What factors affect the decision to adopt an innovation? The report is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 presents an overview of the research, and chapter 2 presents a review of the literature related to the change process. Chapter 3 describes the methodology used to study the adoption process in the research sites. Chapter 4 presents data in the form of vignettes that chronologically narrate the adoption process in each of the sites. Chapter 5 analyzes and interprets the data and presents conclusions and implications. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.