ERIC Number: ED241744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Vocational Teachers' Understandings of and Attitudes toward Using Microcomputers in Vocational Education. Final Report. Vocational-Technical Education Research Report, Volume 22, Number 1.
To determine the knowledge and attitudes of vocational education teachers about microcomputers and about their use in vocational education, questionnaires were mailed to 273 vocational teachers from 11 randomly selected area vocational and technical schools throughout Pennsylvania. Although the level of understanding that the vocational teachers had about microcomputers was relatively low, the teachers were overwhelmingly in favor of the use of microcomputers in vocational education. The vocational teachers' understanding about microcomputers and their attitudes toward using them were positively correlated with educational level, microcomputer experience, microcomputer training, utilization of microcomputers, and the availability of microcomputers, whereas their attitudes toward and understanding of microcomputers showed negative relationships with age and service area. Based on these findings, recommendations were made calling for more workshops or inservice training programs for all teachers, especially for home economics and trade and industrial education teachers, and for the introduction of at least one course in computer literacy as a requirement for the certification of vocational teachers. (Appended to this report are the survey instrument, a summary of responses to each question on it, and correlation data for trade and industrial teachers.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Vocational Education.