ERIC Number: ED249257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers and Evaluation Research: Potential Benefits and Problems. Paper and Report Series, No. 98.
Gray, Peter J.
This paper deals with two questions: (1) what are the the applications that might be made of microcomputers in evaluation? and (2) what are the kinds of problems (personnel, organizational, and technical) that must be overcome if microcomputers are to be used effectively? The applications include proposals and planning, management, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting. Several types of microcomputer software could be used in these applications: word processing, data bases, test generations, calculation or statistical analysis, graphic presentation, and telecommunications. The ways in which these types of software can be effectively used in evaluation activities are discussed in the first part of this report. The second part addresses the personnel, organizational, and technical issues surrounding microcomputer use. In addressing these issues in their own setting, and by following a systematic, problem-solving approach to their own use of microcomputers, evaluation researchers can gain knowledge and skills needed to help others as well. (BW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.