ERIC Number: ED396707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Technology Dissemination Through Pioneering Partners: An Evaluation.
Hawkes, Mark; And Others
Pioneering Partners provides K-12 educators in the Great Lakes Region--Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin--with educational technology development opportunities, coalition-building opportunities, dissemination skills training, connection to Greatlinks Net/Internet, and financial support to defray dissemination costs. The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory evaluated Pioneering Partners to determine the effectiveness of its efforts to expand the use of educational technology. The evaluation consisted of regional case studies, a four-page participant questionnaire (n=233, response rate 67%), document analysis of funded and nonfunded Pioneering Partners applications to identify areas for potential growth, and interviews used to augment inquiry on policy influence. Data shows that educational technology dissemination through Pioneering Partners is broad and far-reaching. On average, Pioneering Partners saw participation by students almost double, and participation by teachers and schools triple during the implementation of their dissemination plans. Close to 90% of respondents to the questionnaire considered Pioneering Partners either very significant or moderately significant to the success of the disseminating process. Major factors inhibiting dissemination are time and financial resources. Urban educators find dissemination more problematic and support from their supervisors and peers less abundant. (Contains 13 references; a survey cover letter and questionnaire and data summary tables are appended.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.