ERIC Number: ED335651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Literacy: The Aspect of Computers at the University Level.
Ransom, Peggy E.; Swearingen, Rebecca
A study investigated whether students had used a microcomputer prior to taking a computer literacy class, which computer languages they knew and used, whether they thought the computer literacy course should be required, and whether they thought the class would help them to secure a teaching position. Undergraduate students at Ball State (Indiana) and Kansas State Universities completed a survey following the course. Results indicated that students saw the need for knowledge of computers in order to be successful teachers. The course which they perceived as being most beneficial was one which included hands-on materials and dealt with classroom uses of the microcomputer. Results also indicated that instructors of the computer course should be cognizant of the fact that students who take the course have had some exposure to computers. Instructors should take the time to determine what types of experiences the students have had when designing the course. Furthermore, various types of application software, including word-processing, database, and spreadsheet, need to be examined and used during the course. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ball State University IN; Kansas State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (11th, Sarasota, FL, December 12-15, 1990).