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ERIC Number: ED453175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 103
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Promoting School Renewal through Change Agent Strategies: Factors Influencing Teacher Adoption of a Statewide Change Initiative.
Fuller, June Lade
This study examined factors prompting K-12 teachers to adopt statewide educational reform measures being promoted by Partnerships Advancing the Learning of Math and Science (PALMS), a cooperative statewide systemic initiative, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, to implement state reform measures outlined in the 1993 Educational Reform Act and the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework Teacher Guides. Researchers examined the implementation process of the 1993 Educational Reform measures within one urban school district. Sixty-two teachers completed surveys examining initial factors that allowed them to make a paradigm shift so change could occur, as well as factors that moved them from non-utilization to routine utilization of the PALMS approach. Teachers' schools had been involved in the change process for 6 years. Initial influences responsible for creating a paradigm shift so change could occur included: quality of training, the approach being good for students, and the approach fitting the teacher's philosophy. Factors that influenced teachers' attitudes toward utilizing the approach included: training, class participation in an event utilizing the approach, and utilization by colleagues. Events had more influence on teacher utilization than did people. (Contains 207 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts