ERIC Number: ED374788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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The Role of Perceptions in the Adoption of Computer-Based Learning.
Surry, Daniel W.; Gustafson, Kent L.
This study sought to determine the role that perceptions played in the adoption of an instructional innovation. According to current diffusion theories, an innovation is more likely to be adopted if potential adopters have favorable perceptions in regard to its complexity, compatibility, relative advantage, observability, and trialability. Three computer-based learning (CBL) modules represented the innovation in this study. These modules were developed for use in three weather forecasting agencies and were to be used as on-site training for forecasters. The research design involved the use of questionnaires and interviews to determine the perceptions of the potential adopters in regard to the CBL modules. A total of 29 potential adopters were interviewed for this study. Results showed that potential adopters consistently used three of the attributes listed above to discuss their perception of the innovation. The researchers concluded that compatibility, complexity, and relative advantage can be important considerations when introducing an innovation into instructional settings. The researchers also concluded that Rogers (1983) theory of perceived attributes can be a valuable tool for instructional developers working to increase the utilization of their products. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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