ERIC Number: ED298938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Successful Change Agent Strategies for Overcoming Impediments to Microcomputer Implementation in the Classroom.
Strudler, Neal B.; Gall, Meredith D.
This study conceptualized school-based computer coordinators as change agents and analyzed their strategies, skills, and outcomes. Questionnaires and interviews were used to gather data from three computer coordinators, their supervisors, teachers, and parents. Data were analyzed case by case and then across cases, using the framework and method of data analysis developed by Matthew Miles. Results revealed that: (1) impediments to the integration of computers into the curriculum include lack of budgetary support, demands on teachers, negative experiences with previous innovations, and competing demands of other school improvement programs; (2) coordinators facilitate computer use through a combination of product- and client-centered strategies which include resource-adding, training of teachers, providing technical assistance, organizing the school's instructional computing program, energizing and motivating the client, and collaborative problem solving; (3) effective coordinators must have technical expertise as well as interpersonal skills; (4) outcomes resulting from the computer coordinator's work include improved teacher skills, implementation of school goals, teacher satisfaction, and greater student comfort with computers. Guidelines for the implementation of the coordinator role are suggested, and several directions for future research are recommended. (25 references) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).