Factors Impacting the Implementation of an Innovation
Dianna Lawyer-Brook, Carolyn Mears, PTD, University of Colorado at Denver, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Numerous programs are being implemented in institutes of education across the U.S. to improve student achievement through increased teacher expertise. These programs have various degrees of success in changing both instructional approaches and the environment in which the change occurs. The Colorado PTD program evaluation has revealed factors that affect the implementation of innovations in teacher education programs at the four very different institutions of higher education participating in this project. Since the institutions differ greatly, these factors can be applicable to a variety of higher education settings. This paper begins with a brief introduction of the PTD program, the overall project structure, and its program evaluation design. It then reports the factors identified through the evaluation process as impacting the successful implementation of program change and sustainability. Implications of these factors for bringing change elsewhere are suggested.
Lawyer-Brook, D. & Mears, C. (2006). Factors Impacting the Implementation of an Innovation. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2943-2950). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).