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ERIC Number: EJ1144579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
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Analysis of Propagation Plans in NSF-Funded Education Development Projects
Stanford, Courtney; Cole, Renee; Froyd, Jeff; Henderson, Charles; Friedrichsen, Debra; Khatri, Raina
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v26 n4 p418-437 Aug 2017
Increasing adoption and adaptation of promising instructional strategies and materials has been identified as a critical component needed to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This paper examines typical propagation practices and resulting outcomes of proposals written by developers of educational innovations. These proposals were analyzed using the Designing for Sustained Adoption Assessment Instrument (DSAAI), an instrument developed to evaluate propagation plans, and the results used to predict the likelihood that a successful project would result in adoption by others. We found that few education developers propose strong propagation plans. Afterwards, a follow-up analysis was conducted to see which propagation strategies developers actually used to help develop, disseminate, and support their innovations. A web search and interviews with principal investigators were used to determine the degree to which propagation plans were actually implemented and to estimate adoption of the innovations. In this study, we analyzed 71 education development proposals funded by the National Science Foundation and predicted that 80% would be unsuccessful in propagating their innovations. Follow-up data collection with a subset of these suggests that the predictions were reasonably accurate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1236926; 1122446; 1122416