ERIC Number: ED247923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Initiatives to Advance Computer-Assisted Instruction. Report of the Joint Subcommittee to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 34.
Lambert, Benjamin J., III; And Others
A study authorized by the General Assembly of Virginia during the 1983 session examined the specific education and training strategies that the state should pursue to meet the demands of technological advancements. Information was gathered concerning instructional computing, computer science programs, the needs of local school divisions, technological advances in telecommunications, and business and industry's needs for a skilled workforce. Findings indicated a dearth of information on educational computing in Virginia; inconsistency in terminology used; insufficient funding for computer science programs statewide; a need for a general updating of school curriculum, with an emphasis on higher-order, problem-solving skills; and a need for cooperative programs between schools and industry that address both vocational/career education and basic academic skills. While results support the need for a viable and comprehensive computer-based curriculum, varied issues must be resolved prior to recommending or mandating its implementation, including those related to curriculum focus and sequence, teacher training, administration, procurement of hardware and software, funding, state leadership, and equity. Appendices include proposed legislation and state computer literacy requirements and objectives. (LMM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond.