ERIC Number: ED284163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Computer Use in Two-Year College Reading Programs.
Research in Developmental Education, v2 n4 Mar 1985
A mail survey of two-year colleges was conducted to identify (1) two-year colleges using computer technology to teach reading, (2) the types of hardware and software used, (3) the courses in which computer technology is used, and (4) the ways in which computer technology is used in two-year college reading programs. Responses from 181 two-year colleges with developmental programs showed that 31.5% used computers in reading classes or labs, 10% used computers for classroom management, and 40% did not use computers. More than half of the institutions using computers had five or fewer units. An overwhelming majority used some version of the Apple computer, with the Commodore 64, the Franklin, and Texas Instruments' Alpha and Atari also mentioned. Although 71 different software packages were cited (with many developed locally), only four--Comprehension Power, The Speed Reader, Plato, and Word Attack--were cited with any frequency. Software was used most prevalently in remedial reading courses, followed by speed reading, vocabulary development, study skills, and combined reading and writing courses. The major trends indicated are that computer use in reading instruction appears to be increasing, with a wide variety of software in use, mostly on Apple computers, and used most commonly to provide drill and practice with tutoring. (A list of software packages frequently used in the reading programs of two-year colleges, with distributors' addresses, is included.) (JG)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Reading Instruction, School Surveys, Technological Advancement, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC.