ERIC Number: EJ1043427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
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Identifying Characteristics of Dissemination Success Using an Expert Panel
Bourrie, David M.; Cegielski, Casey G.; Jones-Farmer, L. Allison; Sankar, Chetan S.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v12 n4 p357-380 Oct 2014
Although considerable work has been done to develop new educational innovations, few have found widespread acceptance in the classroom. To improve the likelihood of adoption of educational innovations, researchers need to understand why some innovations are adopted and routinely used, while others are not. An initial aspect of the diffusion of innovations, as defined in the classical sociological literature, involves the communication of ideas and concepts related to innovations between individuals. This article presents an expert panel's answer to the following question: "What are the most important characteristics that relate to the dissemination of educational innovations?" As dissemination is a critical facet of the diffusion of an innovation, 45 researchers who received technology and engineering grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) participated in a Delphi study designed to address this research question. In three rounds, the experts identified and ranked 11 characteristics of educational innovations, 6 characteristics of students, 13 characteristics of faculty members, and 5 characteristics of administrators that can relate to the successful dissemination of educational innovations. The results of this study led to the formation of a Characteristics of Dissemination Success (CODS) framework. This framework offers useful guidance for educational innovators seeking a better understanding of the influences on the dissemination of educational innovations.
Descriptors: Expertise, Adoption (Ideas), Educational Innovation, Communication (Thought Transfer), Delphi Technique, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Administrator Characteristics, Information Dissemination, College Students, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1140542