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ERIC Number: ED422892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 18
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Diffusion of Instructional Innovations: Five Important, Unexplored Questions.
Surry, Daniel W.; Brennan, J. Patrick, II
Instructional Technology is a field of innovation. As instructional technologists realize that their innovations are not always readily adopted, theories of diffusion and adoption have been incorporated into instructional development models. This paper describes five unexplored areas of research related to the adoption and diffusion of innovations, specifically on the gaps in the literature in instructional settings: (1) Interaction of Adopter Groups; (2) Adoption Versus Retention; (3) Product Versus Process; (4) Technical and Societal Accommodations; and (5) Perspectives of Innovation. For each of the five areas, the authors provide an overview, a sample research question, a hypothetical case, and a description of one or more methodologies that might be appropriate to examine the question. The paper also includes a discussion of the contributions that diffusion theory has made to the field of instructional technology. (Contains 18 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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