ERIC Number: ED225629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Current Status of Word Processing in Illinois and Its Implications for Postsecondary Training.
Walker, Sandra S.
In 1980, a study was conducted to determine the current status of word processing (WP) in Illinois in order to suggest ways to improve curricula in Illinois postsecondary schools. The study involved: (1) soliciting and evaluating WP textbooks and course materials from 9 textbook publishers; (2) requesting information from 14 WP manufacturers and distributors regarding types of equipment suitable for classroom use, costs, and service; (3) surveying 76 firms employing Robert Morris College's (RMC's) secretarial certificate program graduates to request information on the company, its WP equipment, and its WP training programs and current and projected training needs; and (4) surveying business instructors at 89 postsecondary institutions in Illinois to gather information about equipment, programs, attitudes, and objectives related to WP training. Study findings, based on usable responses from 41 employers and 38 schools, included the following: 63.4% of the firms used WP equipment and 65.3% preferred that employees have previous WP training; 77% of the firms anticipated an expansion of the WP industry during the next 5 years; 68.4% of the schools indicated that they offered some WP training and 60.5% used WP equipment; and only 42% of the schools planned to update their present WP curriculum. The study report includes a synthesis of the materials solicited from WP manufacturers, a review of WP texts and instructional materials, and the survey instruments. (Author/DAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Graduate seminar paper, Western Illinois University.