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ERIC Number: ED249622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Why Teachers Implement: An Examination of Selected Variables.
Smorodin, Calla
The overarching variable in this study is the effect of differing amounts of personal contact between teachers and a program coordinator on the degree of implementation of a consumer education curriculum innovation in fifth-grade classrooms. Other variables under study were inservice training, feedback mechanisms, and participation. The sample consisted of 130 fifth-grade teachers from 4 urban and suburban school districts assigned to 5 treatment groups as a result of teachers choosing to attend inservice workshops and requesting additional personal contact with the program coordinator. The instrumentation consisted of a total of 94 self-report questionnaires, representing 72 percent of the sample, and a focused interview with 12 members of the sample. Analysis of the data showed a strong, statistically significant relationship between personal contact with a program coordinator and implementation of a curriculum innovation. As teachers' contact with the coordinator increased, so did level of implementation. Moreover, increases in personal contact and level of implementation were accompanied by increases in teachers' favorable opinion about the general content area and increases in teachers' use of community resources. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).