ERIC Number: ED254676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Computers in Vocational Education Instruction.
Simpson, A. Hyatt
A study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the use of computers in Arizona vocational education and to provide a profile of those uses. Data were collected through telephone and on-site interviews of approximately 100 persons involved in vocational education at high schools and community colleges. Although the study concluded that computers have not been used in the state long enough to judge their effectiveness, some successful uses, techniques, and approaches were identified. For example, it was found that the major use of computers was the teaching of programming. Beyond that, the primary vocational applications were to be found in teaching the use of the computer as a tool; the programs in which this use appeared most frequently were business and drafting. The major difference between high school and community college approaches was that the college classes were more often teaching the basic concepts of generic applications, rather than machine- and program-specific skills, the approach used in most high schools. Few instructors used the computer for computer-assisted instruction (CAI) or for classroom management. Some of the major obstacles to more widespread use of CAI were deficiencies in teacher-training, the availability of appropriate software, and the availability of funds to purchase software that is available. The major obstacle to using the computer in classroom management appeared to be the lack of school-wide and/or district-wide computerized management systems with which teachers could interface. Recommendations were made for overcoming these obstacles to encourage more widespread and effective use of computers in Arizona vocational programs. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. Center for Vocational Education.
Note: Funded by the Research Coordinating Unit, Arizona Department of Education.