ERIC Number: ED205214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers in Alberta Schools. Final Report.
Petruk, Milton W.
Data for this study, which was conducted to provide a status report describing the nature and extent to which microcomputers have been introduced into schools in Alberta, were collected by a 2-phase mail survey. Results showed that nearly 12 percent of the schools now have one or more microcomputers. The majority of the units are Commodore PET (45 percent), Apple II (31 percent), and Radio Shack TRS 80 (19 percent); they appear to be uniformly distributed across all grade levels. The most frequently reported uses of the microcomputer involved the teaching of computer literacy and computer assisted instruction. The majority of microcomputer users expressed the need for additional equipment, software, and training. While a relatively small number reported that they had no interest in introducing microcomputers into their schools, the majority that do not now have a microcomputer are anticipating getting one or more in the future. However, a large proportion of this group felt that they did not know enough about microcomputers to anticipate what their needs might be. The remainder tended to report a strong need for information about both equipment and programs, and a strong need for additional training. Copies of the questionnaires used are appended. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Identifiers: Alberta; Canada