Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Education and Human Services


Learning Sciences and Human Development

Committee Chair

Phyllis C. Durden.


The purpose of this study was to determine if there are significant differences in users' concerns related to the West Virginia Education Information System based on position, county size, length of use, and attendance at the WVEIS Data Conference. Using the Stages of Concern Questionnaire from the Concerns Based Adoption Model, 118 WVEIS users were surveyed first in June 1998. A post conference survey was mailed to the same population five months later with 80 responses being returned. Analysis of the data was done using StatView software to run an analysis of variance, unpaired, and paired t-tests. Profile graphs were completed using Excel. Additionally, nine participants from the post conference survey were interviewed to provide a more in-depth look at users' concerns.;The data suggest there is a significant difference between users' concerns and position. It also suggests there is not a significant difference among users' concerns based on county size. Overall, the data suggest a non-significant difference when examining time as a factor influencing users' concerns. A significant difference was noted in Stages 3, 5, and 6 on the pre-conference survey when comparing those attending and those not attending the conference. Paired t-tests were run on the results from Stages 3, 5, and 6 comparing attended pre/post and did not attend pre/post. A non-significant difference was seen in the paired t-tests run on the post conference survey.;Using both quantitative and qualitative methods the innovation WVEIS was studied. Although it was a mandated change, its use has been incorporated into the culture of the school. Principals are key users and have used the system in new and innovative ways. The desire to collaborate with others concerning WVEIS is strong, especially in principals. WVEIS is being used, principals are a key to the success, and staff development should focus on best practices and be position specific.