ERIC Number: ED196146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Systems Dynamics Model of Implementation of an Innovation.
Gaynor, Alan K.; And Others
The research presented in this report investigated the critical factors that affected the decision to abandon or replace a curricular innovation in one elementary school. The specific innovation examined in this research is called developing mathematical processes, which emphasizes process and induction rather than computational skills. Although the principal is the primary determiner of school policy, there were at least three other variables that significantly affected continuation of this innovation: the actual and perceived fit of the innovation with the developmental and learning characteristics of the student, the students' test scores on standardized mathematics tests, and the difficulty students who transferred from other schools had with the program. The interaction among these elements stands as a useful example of the importance of attending not only to the specific values of the variables over time but to the dynamics that produce those values. Thus, the findings suggest the use of long time-frames and attendance to multiple and reciprocal causes. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.