ERIC Number: ED337531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Chapter I Take-Home Computer Program. Report No. 7, Vol. 25.
Fraser, Lowrie A.
The Chapter I Take-Home Computer (THC) program was established in nine elementary and eight middle schools in Atlanta (Georgia) in the 1989-90 school year. One hundred and eighty computers were sent home with 422 students, whose parents were willing to work with the students, for 6-week periods. Log sheets were kept by each child regarding the homework assignments made by his or her teacher. A questionnaire was sent to the participating students' parents to obtain information about observed differences in the child's learning. Parental responses are reported for 174 parents (representing 35% of the participating students). Student achievement is examined using results on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills reading and mathematics tests. Multivariate analysis of covariance does not reveal any significant statistical difference between the 307 control group members and experimental group members overall, although a significant improvement for middle-school students in mathematics is evidenced. The following suggestions are made: (1) if the goal is exposure to computers, 6 weeks is not enough time; and (2) if the goal is increased learning by students, the time the computer is in the home must be increased. Statistical data are presented in seven tables. The THC curriculum outline and evaluation questions and selected parental responses to evaluation questions 3 and 4 are appended. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Public Schools, GA. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Atlanta Public Schools GA; Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1