ERIC Number: ED211668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-6
Reference Count: 0
Should You Be Putting Innovations into Use in Your Industrial Arts Facilities?
Pierce, Alan J.
Innovation should not be initiated simply for the sake of change but to make teaching more effective and improve students' learning. Changes in a teacher's method of instruction should be made to meet needs of the students, but the teacher is also responsible for trying different teaching techniques in the classroom that increase his/her enjoyment of teaching. Some factors that influence a teachers' willingness to use new ideas are characteristics of the innovation that affect the adoption decision, basic stages of the adoption process, characteristics of the adopter that affect the adoption decison, and influence of superior-subordinate roles on the adoption decison. The process of acceptance of innovation includes teacher awareness, evaluation for possible use, trial, evaluation of effectiveness, and adoption. Diffusion researchers have shown that if the adoption rate of an innovation is plotted over time, a bell-shaped curve results. Slow adoption rate by educators is attributed to lack of profit and teacher risk of failure. Personal attributes or characteristics that affect a person's willingness to change include age (younger people welcome change) and education (the greater the education the more likely the person is to be innovative). (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Vocational Association (Atlanta, GA, December 6, 1981).