ERIC Number: ED252202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
School/Home Computer Survey.
National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
A mailed questionnaire surveyed 1,000 randomly-selected public school districts on home and school computer use. Questions addressed responsibility for the computer's introduction in educational instruction, how computers are used, the number of families with home computers, the purpose for which families are purchasing home computers, whether home computers are being used for educational purposes, and how schools are adapting their policies and procedures to facilitate instructional computing at home and school. Based on a 27% return rate, results indicate that (1) on the average, 10 to 15% of the families in the 268 districts represented owned a home computer; (2) school superintendents and principals were the driving force behind the introduction and use of computers in the schools; (3) 96% of the schools responded that their districts were currently using microcomputers for instructional purposes, including computer literacy, computer science, and computer-assisted instruction; (4) although schools agreed that the use of educational technology in the home and in the classroom would radically alter school structures and procedures, they indicated that the necessary policies, procedures, and programs to facilitate a broad and successful use of computers for educational purposes have not been developed; and (5) parents needed guidance in the selection of hardware and courseware for educational purposes. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Life, Microcomputers, National Surveys, Parents, Public Schools, School Surveys, Use Studies
National School Boards Association, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($1.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; Home Computers