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ERIC Number: ED566433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 177
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3394-1834-6
Innovation at U.S Medical Schools: A Multiple Case Study of Leaders' Perceptions of Educational Techology
Parisky, Alex
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to better understand the implementation of educational technology in selected medical schools. This study utilized Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation theory to investigate the perspectives of educational technology leaders at four different medical schools in the United States. In the coming years, healthcare in the United States will experience shortages of primary care physicians because of population growth, longer life expectancies, and changes in insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To address the need to produce a greater number of physicians, innovative approaches to both recruitment and education are needed. Educational technology has the potential to significantly increase access to healthcare professionals, especially physicians. The methods of data collection included two sets of interviews, document analysis, and a short questionnaire. The interviews were transcribed and coded and through comparative analysis, themes were developed. The four participants, all of whom held positions in the deans' office, were heavily involved in the implementation at their respective medical institutions. All the participants were considered to be innovators with respect to Rogers' Diffusion of Innovations. The major themes established in this study: outside influencing change in the organization, organizations and change, and individuals and change were developed through analysis of the data. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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