Global Implementation Research and Applications
The process of adopting curricula and programs in U.S. schools is an understudied topic. Given the importance of selecting evidence-based and contextually relevant programs that meet the needs of the school, additional research to examine this process is critical. In this exploratory investigation, we conducted semi-structured interviews with ten building-level and ten district-level school administrators to learn (a) how they identify needs for a new program and (b) the perceived factors that influence decisions in selecting a program to adopt. Qualitative data from interview transcripts were analyzed through thematic analysis as outlined by Braun and Clarke (3(2):77, 2006), and saturation was reached at interview 18. Results yield three primary themes in the data and several related subthemes. We discuss these results as they apply to ways to support schools through the adoption process and the ample opportunities for future research.
Pinkelman, S. E., Rolf, K. R., Landon, T., Detrich, R., McLaughlin, C., Peterson, A., and McKnight-Lizotte, M. (2022). Curriculum adoption in U.S. schools: An exploratory, qualitative analysis. Global Implementation Research and Applications, 2(1). doi: 10.1007/s43477-022-00039-2