ERIC Number: ED318119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Powerful and Empowering (But Almost Invisible).
Rockman, Saul; And Others
This research assesses the impact of the AB 803 Adoption/Expansion Program, a grant program that encourages schools to startup or expand their use of educational technology. The report summarizes how various grant programs have been prepared and how funds were applied at schools. The report also identifies factors that enhance or inhibit use of these funds; describes the impact of these grant dollars on schools, teachers, and administrators; and recommends new legislation to improve this grant program's design and implementation. From interviews with teachers and administrators in 35 California schools, researchers concluded that: (1) adoption/expansion grants promoted school-level planning for, and implementation of, educational technology; (2) school-site efforts were designed to meet locally defined needs; (3) small grants resulted in small-scale startup efforts or modest expansions; (4) some schools were able to leverage other fiscal resources; and (5) schools did not adopt model technology programs from other schools. The grant program encouraged decentralized decision-making and increased teacher and administrator control over the design and implementation of programs to incorporate appropriate technology in schools. However, the program's low visibility and the lack of school-collected data continues to limit public awareness of this program and its benefits. Recommendations for further enabling legislation are provided. Appendices illustrating samples and procedures and "stories from the field" are included. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California