ERIC Number: ED331328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Project CLASS: A Computer Literacy for All Support System for Teachers, Lab Aides and Potentially English Proficient Adults.
The development and implementation of a computer literacy support system to increase student computer use for language learning are described. The system was piloted with teachers and a computer laboratory aide in an urban program of adult basic education and English as a Second Language. The project had three phases, including: review of existing software and development of materials, with terminal competency objectives; on-site staff development workshops; and a five-week period during which students were introduced to basic computer skills by teachers, and students' use of computers before and after the teacher/aide training was tracked in activity logs. Teachers and aide were pre- and post-tested for computer skills, and computer lab activity logs were analyzed. Staff knowledge was found to have increased substantially, meeting stated objectives. However, staff who had not been computer literate previously did not gain the desired confidence in their computer usage ability. Student use of computers increased dramatically during and after the staff training period, to five times the baseline (pre-training) usage. Recommendations include repetition of the workshops for new staff, extension of the support system to serve evening classes, and adaptation of the workshop outlines for other training situations. System materials and pilot data are appended. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.