ERIC Number: ED236861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Relative Efficiency and Usefulness of Computer-Assisted Individualized Education Programs.
Enell, Nancy C.; Barrick, Stanley W.
A five-phase study was conducted to evaluate all major computer systems used in writing IEPs (individualized education programs) in California. A "manual" sample composed of four Special Education Local Planning Agencies (SELPAs) that did not use computers was surveyed and responses compared with SELPAs that did use computers. An analysis of computer programs available nationally was also made. (Descriptions are appended.) Among findings were that costs of an IEP varied from $35 to $720 depending on the number of professionals involved; that IEP manual paperwork and documentation were considered useful by parents, teachers, and administrators (with teachers having a more positive attitude than in an earlier study); that 30 systems were identified nationally as producing all or part of an IEP; that computers have helped make the paperwork process more useful for daily instruction; that parents, teachers, and administrators reported satisfaction with computerized IEPs; that dollar and time savings were reported for annual review meetings using computer assisted IEPs; and that computer programs for IEPs were available for $99.00 to $9,995.00. Recommendations were made to administrators of SELPAs as well as to the California State Department of Education. A five-page executive summary precedes the report. Appendixes, which comprise more than one-half of the report, include sample interview questionnaires and manual IEP forms. (CL)
Descriptors: Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Programs, Computers, Cost Effectiveness, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Teacher Attitudes
San Juan Unified School District, Attention: Dr. Nancy C. Enell, Research and Evaluation Department, P.O. Box 477, Carmichael, CA 95608 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA.
Note: For a related document, see EC 160 879. Some charts will not reproduce.