ERIC Number: ED341375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Computer Competence: The First National Assessment.
Martinez, Michael E.; Mead, Nancy A.
This report contains the results of a national survey conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) during the 1985-86 school year. The report, which attempts to capture the interacting forces influencing computer competence among students, is presented in six chapters: (1) Overview (major findings, significance of this assessment, and importance of computer competence); (2) Assessing Computer Competence (i.e., knowledge of computer technology, computer applications, and computer programming); (3) Attitudes, Instruction, and Access (student attitudes toward computers, experience with computers, computer use in the school, and computer use outside the school); (4) Computer Competence among Subgroups (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, parental education, public/non-public education, and community and religion); (5) Computer Coordinators (their characteristics, teaching activities, professional experience and training, and professional confidence); and (6) Implications. The major findings of this survey indicate that access to a computer at home is positively related to computer competence; students like using computers; computers are seldom used in subject areas such as reading, math, or science; males demonstrate more competence than females; racial differences exist, favoring white students over black students; computer competence is increased for students whose parents went to college, who attend non-public schools, and who live in the northeast; and many computer coordinators have minimal training in computer studies. Sample survey questions are provided in each area and the results are reported in tables and graphs as well as in narrative form. A description of the methodology of the study is appended. Numerous charts and graphs are included, and a procedural appendix concludes the document. (DB)
Descriptors: Competence, Computer Literacy, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 11, Grade 3, Grade 7, High School Students, Microcomputers, National Surveys, Parent Education, Programing, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Use Studies
National Assessment of Educational Progress at Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541-0001 (No. 17-CC-01).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Computer Coordinators; National Assessment of Educational Progress