ERIC Number: ED262006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Teacher Incentives and Rewards in Implementing a Technological Innovation. Final Report.
Loucks-Horsley, Susan; And Others
A study was made of the implementation and institutionalization of the "Quill" system, a set of microcomputer-based writing activities for upper elementary school students. The purpose of the study was to gain insight into the roles played by incentives and rewards as teachers attempt to improve their practice with a new innovation. Ten classroom teachers participated. School sites were highly diverse. Through documentation of teachers' use of "Quill," it was determined what incentives and rewards were offered to, and experienced by, the teachers, and how these interacted with the characteristics of the support sytem, school, classroom, and students to influence the implementation of "Quill" and its success as an innovation. This final report documents the background of the study, the research design, findings, and cross-case analyses. Detailed case study reports are presented along with analyses of teachers' implementation of "Quill.""Quill" vignettes are included. Rewards to teachers for putting effort into the innovation depended upon the success of the effort and the teacher's ultimate interest in the innovation. Such rewards were intrinsic, e.g., satisfaction with student progress and a sense of importance derived from involvement with the project. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NETWORK, Inc., Andover, MA.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.