An analysis of the relationships between selected variables and the adoption and diffusion of computers for instructional purposes among community college faculty
The adoption of computers by faculty for instructional purposes depends on a universe of variables which either facilitate or hinder the change process. This study surveyed 305 community college faculty in order to examine the relationships between the intensity of adoption and perceived faculty barriers to the adoption of computers. The perceived barriers examined were (1) administrative support for educational computing, (2) the institution's economic climate, (3) the complexity of computers, and (4) the attitudes of faculty towards the use of computers. The variables of age and sex (gender) were also examined for relationships to the areas of adoption and perceived barriers;It was concluded that no significant relationships existed between the degree of computer adoption for instructional purposes and the perceived barriers. No significant relationships were found between age and the degree of adoption or the perceived barriers. Significant differences did exist between sex and the degree of computer adoption. However, no significant relationships were found between sex (gender) and the perceived adoption barriers.