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Innovators and Risk Takers in Education

Innovators and risk takers are those persons who are predisposed to develop, promote, and drive adoption of educational innovations. Along with early and late adopters, innovators and risk takers compose the principal demographic groupings considered in change agency. Any new learning technology will encounter this distribution among its intended adopters. Research on change agency tells us much about the percentage of a population innovators and risk takers will represent, how they will react to a new learning technology, the concerns they will have at various phases of implementation, and how they might most effectively be engaged by advocates or opponents of the particular change. Research on change agency also tells us how the response of innovators and risk takers will affect stakeholder perceptions and adoption ...

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