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ERIC Number: EJ1088743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-1229
An Application of the Diffusion of Innovations Theory to the Investigation of Blended Language Learning
Grgurovic, Maja
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, v8 n2 p155-170 2014
This study investigates technology-enhanced blended learning in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program from the theoretical perspective of Diffusion of Innovations theory. The study first established that the use of a learning management system (LMS) in two ESL classes represented an educational innovation. Next, the innovation attributes described by Rogers (relative advantage, complexity, trialability, and observability) were examined. Then, the stages of the innovation-decision process (knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation, and confirmation) were analyzed. Two ESL teachers and thirty-one students used the LMS to combine face-to-face classroom learning and online learning in the computer lab and for homework. Both qualitative data (in-depth teacher interviews, class and lab observations, and a student focus group) and quantitative data (student surveys) were analyzed. The main findings indicate that the innovation shared common attributes with other innovations and that both positive and negative innovation attributes were present. The two teachers passed through the first four stages of the innovation-decision process that the other potential adopters go through. This study showed that the Diffusion of Innovations theory can guide research on blended language learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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