ERIC Number: ED332985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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A Profile of Undergraduate Educational Technology (In)Competence: Are We Preparing Today's Education Graduates for Teaching in the l990's?
Beaver, John F.
This study was conducted at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo to clarify the state of computer competence among elementary education majors. The impetus for the study was a local superintendent of schools' statement of his district's plans to employ teachers and administrators only if they demonstrate computer literacy. A survey of elementary education majors (N=324) was taken in l989 and replicated in l990 (N=284) to ascertain changes in computer competency. Frequency distributions were obtained for each of 15 questions. The results were disturbing in that over 50 percent of respondents had never used a microcomputer in any college course. More encouraging was the finding that education students recognized a need to develop greater computer competency to enhance professional productivity. SUNY (Buffalo) has implemented the following program to address the issue in a systematic fashion: (l) instructional computing exposure; (2) an elective instructional technology course offered in a computer laboratory to teach education majors word processing, data base management, spreadsheet manipulation, chart development, and communications, and methods for integrating these skills into classroom instruction; and (3) training faculty members in education departments who lack expertise in the instructional use of technology. The survey form is attached. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: State University of New York Coll at Buffalo; Technology Education
Note: Appended survey responses may not reproduce well because of type style.