ERIC Number: ED369633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Overcoming Barriers in the Use of Adaptive and Assistive Technology in Special Education.
Bushrow, Kathy M.; Turner, Keith D.
This paper examines change and change facilitators as they affect full use of adaptive and assistive technology (AAT) in special education, and compares qualitative versus quantitative methods of researching the change process. Four administrators and two teachers from a rural school district completed the Stages of Concern Questionnaire, which locates participant attitudes about change or innovation on a seven-stage continuum, and the Academic Administrator Grid, which assesses leadership styles of educational professionals. Researchers then interviewed the participants using the Facilitating Change with Adaptive and Assistive Technology Questionnaire, which aims to discover underlying barriers to the use of AAT. Results show that the district was in the Level-1 Stage of Concern of a seven-stage model of change, indicating that it was still at the information-gathering stage concerning AAT. The majority of participants rated themselves as "Team Administrators," a style of leadership conducive to change. Participants expressed financial concerns about AAT, and did not agree on specific policies. Findings indicate that both quantitative and qualitative research methods are necessary for this complex issue. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Montgomery, Diane, Ed. Rural Partnerships: Working Together. Proceedings of the Annual National Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (14th, Austin, Texas, March 23-26, 1994); see RC 019 557.