ERIC Number: ED247924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Inservice Microcomputer Training: An Evaluation.
Ogletree, Earl J.
An evaluation was conducted of an Illinois Department of Curriculum and Instruction inservice course on microcomputer utilization. Designed to provide educators with preliminary knowledge and experience pertaining to educational uses of microcomputers, the course focused on hardware, software, philosophy, methodology, utilization modes and patterns, and related literature. A post-test was administered to 115 teachers in 8 classes to evaluate the following areas: computer literacy and skills; educational hardware and software evaluation; program development and writing; effectiveness of the course in teaching computer skills; and the course structure, organization, content, and relevance. Findings showed that the participants were generally satisfied with the course effectiveness, organization, content, and relevancy, although those who had future plans to utilize microcomputers were more satisfied than those with no such plans. Responses were significantly influenced by teachers' goals and suggest that most teachers are not prepared to use computers independently after one microcomputer course, and that they need to obtain a certain level of hands-on computer familiarity and competency before they can use the computer competently in the classroom. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; Software Evaluation