ERIC Number: ED215093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Computer Equipment and Curriculum Requirements for Quality Data Processing Instruction. Research and Development. Final Report.
Analysis of the curriculum and hardware needs for data processing instruction in Iowa was undertaken in order to prepare a sample curriculum and equipment recommendations for instruction in postsecondary institutions, as well as suggestions for a K-12 computer literacy program. More than 60 publications on computer-related topics and K-12 computer literacy were reviewed to determine competency requirements for computer programmers and computer operators, as well as six dimensions of computer literacy. In addition, data were collected through visitations to recognized data processing education centers; a telephone survey of two-year colleges to examine the hardware being used in training programs; a mailed survey to employers of computer programmers and operators who had been enrolled in a community college program; and a telephone survey of placement officers at Iowa area schools with programming/operations departments. All four of the surveys indicated the following similar necessary characteristics: the need for current, relevant curricula in step with technology advances; the need for modern equipment used by the industry in the primary service area; the need for modern equipment used by the industry in the primary service area; the need for experience through field study, cooperative study, or other arrangements; and the need for various options for enrollees to satisfy their needs and to take advantage of the employment opportunities available. As a result of the study, a listing of required and optional topics as well as recommended non-computer course work for programmers and operators was proposed to aid postsecondary schools in building their curricula; and a list of proposed topics and hardware requirements for a K-12 computer literacy curriculum was developed. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ankeny, IA.; Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Div. of Career Education.