ERIC Number: ED264201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputer Adoption and Program Implementation: Change Models and Change Agents.
Bond, Eldon A.; Himmler, Arthur H.
A field study was designed to explore the processes involved with the assimilation of computers into the K-12 instructional program in the state of Washington. The study examined patterns of microcomputer adoption and implementation in both rural and urban school districts. Specific research objectives were to describe: (1) actual computer adoption processes; (2) actual computer implementation processes; and (3) the relationship of these two processes to theoretical models of educational innovation. Three theoretical models of the innovation process were examined: (1) research, development, and dissemination model; (2) social interaction model; and (3) problem solving model. Two important findings were that educators were more concerned with the feasibility of the innovation than with its potential for improvement of instruction and that the implementation process itself tended to change the innovation. While the theoretical models were useful in understanding the change process, the models were more normative than descriptive. The report concludes by proposing seven additional research hypotheses for future research. (CB)
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).