ERIC Number: ED213201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Study of Implementation of Dean's Grant Projects in the Southeast.
Hall, Gene; And Others
The study examined implementation of the Dean's Grant Projects which funded institutions of higher education to change their preservice teacher education programs and the capabilities of teacher education faculty to incorporate skills necessary for mainstreaming handicapped students. The Concerns-Based Adoption Model was used to investigate two key dimensions of the change process in educational settings--stages of concern about the innovation and levels of use of the innovation. Five research questions were formulated: what does each project director see as the project objectives and activities; what activities have faculty and administrators been involved in; what are the key issues facing Dean's Grant Projects individually and collectively; what are the present stages of concern of faculty and administrators in regard to the Dean's Grant Mainstreaming Project at each institution; and what are the present levels of use of the Dean's Grant Projects for the sample of eleven representative administrators and faculty at each institution? Data were collected via survey instruments and interviews. Among study results were the following: there was strong commitment on the part of the project director leadership; in general, the projects were doing what they were supposed to do; there had been a rich variety of activities within projects; it appeared that most of the project sponsored activities have dealt with awareness, orientation, and toolup, with much less emphasis on implementation; project leaders selected very modest minimum criteria for determining use vs. nonuse of a Dean's Grant Project; and it was not possible to document change with a one time snapshot of project activity. Appended are sample survey forms and interview questions. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.