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1. Leite, Francisco Carlos. Factors Influencing the Adoption of Educational Reform in Brazil's Federally Supported Agricultural Schools.

Degree: 2008, Penn State University

This study addressed the perceptions of Brazilian federally supported agricultural school teachers towards two concepts enforced by the reform of professional education in Brazil: the separation between academic and professional education and the modular competency based curriculum. Rogers’ (1995) five attributes of innovations (relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability), and Moore and Benbasat (1991) voluntariness of use were used as a framework for the study. The study used a two-phase (phase one-qualitative, and phase two-quantitative) sequential mixed model exploratory design (Tashakkori & Teddlie, 1998). Cluster and stratified random sampling techniques were employed to collect data from schools and individuals. A 28-question interview protocol and a 61-item questionnaire were developed by the researcher to collect data. Categorized qualitative data were explored through a de-contextualization/re-contextualization process. Descriptive and correlational statistics were used to analyze quantitative data. A multinomial logistic regression model estimated the effects of the independent variables on the rate of adoption of innovations. Rogers’ (1995) five attributes contributed to explain 74.4% of the rate of adoption of innovations, but did not explain the non-adoption. Trialability was the only attribute that did not show statistical significance as a predictor of adoption. Moore and Benbasat’s (1991) voluntariness of use did not contribute to explain the rate of adoption. Teaching experience was the only demographic characteristic that showed statistical significance in predicting the adoption. Teachers were more likely to adopt the modular competency based curriculum than the separation between academic and vocational education. Lack of training was the major limitation indicated by the teachers in the reform implementation process. The authoritarian manner in which the reform was implemented was incompatible with teachers’ values and beliefs. Teachers perceived the reform as more complex than the previous situation. Competency based evaluation was the premier complexity factor. Teachers have also indicated that the reform has brought an extra load of work for teachers and students. It was recommended to replicate this study with both federally and state supported agricultural schools. It was also recommended to implement systematic needs assessment at the school level to inform the development of adequate teacher training programs. Advisors/Committee Members: Connie Devine Baggett, Committee Chair/Co-Chair, Rama B Radhakrishna, Committee Chair/Co-Chair, Edgar Paul Yoder, Committee Member, Iris M Striedieck, Committee Member, Leif Jensen, Committee Member.

Subjects/Keywords: Agricultural education; Adoption of innovations; Educational administration; Educational innovations; Brazil; Edudcational reform

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APA (6th Edition):

Leite, F. C. (2008). Factors Influencing the Adoption of Educational Reform in Brazil's Federally Supported Agricultural Schools. (Thesis). Penn State University. Retrieved from https://submit-etda.libraries.psu.edu/catalog/6099

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Leite, Francisco Carlos. “Factors Influencing the Adoption of Educational Reform in Brazil's Federally Supported Agricultural Schools.” 2008. Thesis, Penn State University. Accessed September 23, 2020. https://submit-etda.libraries.psu.edu/catalog/6099.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Leite, Francisco Carlos. “Factors Influencing the Adoption of Educational Reform in Brazil's Federally Supported Agricultural Schools.” 2008. Web. 23 Sep 2020.

Vancouver:

Leite FC. Factors Influencing the Adoption of Educational Reform in Brazil's Federally Supported Agricultural Schools. [Internet] [Thesis]. Penn State University; 2008. [cited 2020 Sep 23]. Available from: https://submit-etda.libraries.psu.edu/catalog/6099.

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Leite FC. Factors Influencing the Adoption of Educational Reform in Brazil's Federally Supported Agricultural Schools. [Thesis]. Penn State University; 2008. Available from: https://submit-etda.libraries.psu.edu/catalog/6099

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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