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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Medun, Beverly Dawn
URN etd-09282001-155044
Title The factors that may influence a faculty members' decision to adopt electronic technologies in instruction
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Creamer, Donald G. Committee Co-Chair
Sughrue, Jennifer A. Committee Co-Chair
Dave, Dinesh S. Committee Member
Hirt, Joan B. Committee Member
Janosik, Steven M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • innovation
  • electronic technologies
Date of Defense 2001-09-20
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
THE FACTORS THAT MAY INFLUENCE A FACULTY MEMBER'S DECISION TO ADOPT ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES IN INSTRUCTION

Abstract

The adoption and diffusion of electronic technologies into the higher education are complex processes. This study was formulated to see which factors might influence faculty members' motivation and inclination to adopt new electronic technologies in their delivery of instruction. The following research questions were addressed in this study: a) What social variables are involved in the decision to adopt electronic technologies used in the delivery of instruction? b) What organizational variables are involved in the decision to adopt electronic technologies used in the delivery of instruction? c) What personal motivational variables are involved in the decision to adopt electronic technologies used in the delivery of instruction? d) What is the relationship between the social factor with size of the university, size of the department, rank, tenure status, level of experience, and adopter behavior categories? e) What is the relationship between the organizational factor by size of the university, size of the department, rank, tenure status, level of experience, and adopter behavior categories? f) What is the relationship between the personal motivational factor by size of the university, size of the department, rank, tenure status, level of experience, and adopter behavior categories? g) What is the relationship between the social factor and the types and frequency of technology used? h) What is the relationship between the organizational factor and the types and frequency of technology used? i) What is the relationship between the personal motivational factor and the types and frequency of technology used? j) What is the relationship between self-selected adopter categories and the types and frequency of technology used? k) What comparison can be made between a priori adopter categories and self-selected adopter categories? The sample consisted of accounting faculty who taught an introductory accounting class at 12 of the 16 public 4-year institutions of higher education that are in North Carolina, who have accredited Schools or Colleges of Business. The results of this study reinforce the need for administrators and faculty to be made aware of the many social, organizational, and personal motivational factors that can assist and affect a faculty member's decision to use and adopt electronic technologies. Social variables that include friends, mentors, peer support, and students were found to significant in their influence related to a faculty members' decision to adopt electronic technologies in the classroom. Organizational variables of physical resource support and mandate from the university were reported by faculty to also be statistically significant in their influence. All three personal motivational variables emerged as important in the decision to adopt instructional technologies. With the recognition of these social, organizational, and personal motivational factors environments could be developed that enhance and establish the appropriate settings and goals for incorporating instructional technologies into higher educational settings.

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