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ERIC Number: ED263080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Attributes of Instructional Materials That Increase Their Probability of Adoption by Teachers.
Elliott, John Dennis
Studies relating to the characteristics of instructional materials that are adopted for use by teachers are reviewed. Included in the review are studies about: (1) the importance of instructional materials in the classroom; (2) how teachers select instructional materials; (3) theories about instructional materials; (4) attributes of innovations and their adoption; (5) teacher planning; and (6) selection criteria used by teachers. While not much is known about the criteria teachers use to select instructional materials, it appears that student interest and ability are very important to the teacher. Teachers also modify the characteristics or methods of use of instructional materials to fit their perceived needs. There is a great need for teachers to work with educational researchers so that more can be known about teachers' planning, decision making, and material selection processes. Additionally, teachers should be partners with curriculum designers so that designers can be sure that their materials are used properly and that the materials have attributes that teachers find attractive. A nine-page reference list concludes the document. (CB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A