ERIC Number: ED252175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Computers in the Schools of Jackson and Josephine Counties: A Report.
Brim, Burl; And Others
The status and use of microcomputers in Jackson and Josephine counties (Oregon) were assessed in a 1984 survey of 82 school buildings. The questionnaire used sought information on the number, make, model, and distribution of microcomputers; their locations and uses within schools; the status of curriculum and student use; the identity of experts; staff training; and planning status. Based on 80 responses (98%), findings indicate the presence of more than 600 microcomputers in the schools, with only one district reporting a district-wide computer plan. Approximately 20 makes and/or models were reported, and 39% of the microcomputers were located in computer laboratories. Almost half of the schools were introducing microcomputers at the kindergarten and first grade levels, and emphasis was on computer assisted instruction for drill and practice at all levels. Instruction about computers was predominantly informal at the elementary level, with such instruction at the secondary level more often organized, sequential, and regular. Computer literacy was a common aim, and professional development was extremely important, with 86% reporting computer inservice programs. Approaches to evaluating, acquiring, distributing, and storing software varied greatly, with respondents favoring the establishment of a Southern Oregon Computer Using Education group. A list of "computer experts" and a 19-item list of suggested readings are included. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Policy Formation, Staff Development, Use Studies
Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee, Jackson Education Service District, 101 North Grape, Medford, OR 97501 ($3.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jackson County Education Service District, Medford, OR.
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; Oregon; Software Evaluation
Note: Prepared by the Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee.