ERIC Number: ED263095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computer Technology in the Educational Setting: The Role of Administrators in the Innovation Decision Process.
This paper examines some of the theoretical and practical issues confronting educational administrators who must make decisions regarding the implementation of microcomputers in their schools. A conceptual framework is offered for understanding the stages involved in the innovation decision process. Several attributes of innovations are discussed and the objective and subjective judgments involved in any decision to adopt new educational practices are considered. Among the factors involved in decisions about introducing microcomputers are cost effectiveness, social approval, complexity, efficiency, and compatibility with current practices. The nature of adoption and rejection decisions are briefly discussed. Finally, some factors influencing adoption decisions as well as unanticipated consequences of adopting computer technology in the educational setting are examined. One such issue, for example, is the physical and psychological consequences of prolonged computer use and the stress involved in interacting with electronic media over an extended period of time. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (32nd, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 22-26, 1985).