ERIC Number: ED280323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Plan to Diffuse Instructional Materials for Use by Transportation Educators.
Wright, Peter H.; DeVore, Paul W.
A plan to diffuse instructional modules for the preparation of transportation professionals is presented, based on research and demonstration projects sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA). The diffusion/adoption plan involves: developing instructional modules; disseminating the modules to professors teaching transportation courses at the college level; promoting the use and adoption of the modules; and evaluating and revising the plan. Transportation educators teach in a variety of disciplines (e.g., engineering, public administration, urban planning, and technology). Eight design and evaluation criteria for the instructional modules are listed, along with the procedures used by West Virginia University in developing the five instructional modules. The diffusion strategy involves repackaging UMTA research findings, change agents, and the use of information channels (e.g, television/radio, periodicals, direct mail). Adoption tactics include direct contact and conferences/workshops. Appendices include: a flow chart of the plan, a summary of diffusion research, and lists of relevant professional associations and periodicals. (SW)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Agents, College Faculty, Diffusion (Communication), Educational Planning, Engineering Education, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Innovation, Instructional Materials, Linking Agents, Material Development, Public Administration Education, Public Facilities, Research Utilization, Technology Transfer, Theory Practice Relationship, Transportation, Urban Planning
West Virginia University, Transportation Education Project, 2945 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Urban Mass Transportation Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Technology Education Program.
Note: For related documents, see HE 020 139-144.