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ERIC Number: ED516206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 102
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-3791-2
Accepting Technology as a Solution: A Quantitative Study Investigating the Adoption of Technology at Colleges
Demuth, Leroy G., III.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Adopting a new technology is an important decision for many academic institutions. Colleges have had to upgrade technology or face diminishing enrollment as students choose to attend other, more responsive institutions. New and imaginative approaches to technology have been developed and implemented by faculty, support staff, and students to prepare for changing roles they will encounter in the workplace. This study was an examination of the adoption of technology by faculty, support staff, and students to identify dependent variables concerning the probability that faculty, support staff, and students will be innovator, early, early majority, late majority, or laggard adopters. The study was based on critical concepts observed by Everett Rogers regarding the diffusion of innovations theory. The quantitative research design was a statistical study as the chosen variables could not be manipulated. The data collection was conducted at several college campuses in Pennsylvania and New York. A total of 534 faculty, support staff, and students from two colleges in the State of Pennsylvania and three colleges in the State of New York responded to the Survey of Technology Use-Consumer. Results showed that late majority adopters were not significant variables in estimating the adoption of technology. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York; Pennsylvania