ERIC Number: ED242032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Administrative Use of Computers by Local Education Authorities: Report of a Questionnaire Survey.
Streatfield, David; Thompson, Sue
A 1983 survey conducted in England and Wales by the Education Management Information Exchange and the Society of Education Officers Industry Committee examined the widespread administrative use of computers and related technology in Local Education Authorities (LEA's). This report summarizes responses from 95 of the 108 LEA's in the survey area. Categorizing respondents by location, it analyzes data on the following : use of mainframe or minicomputers, microcomputers, word processors, and other information technology in LEA's; use of computers in schools and further education establishments; plans for hardware acquisition; present applications of mainframe or minicomputers and of microcomputers; and plans for new applications. The following major trends are identified: (1) LEA's and schools are rapidly bringing in computers when resources are restricted; (2) LEA's are increasingly emphasizing "people records" applications over financial accounting; and (3) LEA's are working toward computer-based management systems, but reluctance to curtail school autonomy hinders the realization of this goal. An appendix provides a complete table of the responses. (MCG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Education Management Information Exchange, Slough (England).
Identifiers: Education Management Information Exchange; England; Local Education Authorities (United Kingdom); Wales