ERIC Number: ED381400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Telecommunications Use by Secondary School Science Teachers in New York City.
This study is an attempt to determine the extent of telecommunications use by secondary school science teachers in the Queens borough of New York City. Science teachers in 39 middle schools and 32 high schools were surveyed in May, 1994, in the following categories of information: access to computers, hardware preference, hardware in use, access to the Internet, use of modems, and use of telecommunications and the Internet. A 27 percent response rate was obtained. Results indicate: low levels of access to computers (60 percent of respondents claimed no access); a desire to use computers in the classroom and a preference for the use of IBM compatible computers; a contradiction in hardware preference and hardware-in-use (32 percent of respondents used Macintosh computers, 24 percent used Apple IIe's, and 19 percent used IBM compatibles); limited access to the Internet (over 60 percent of respondents declared no access to telecommunications within the school); low levels of modem use (almost half reported they had never used a modem); and almost all teachers were unfamiliar with common techniques used on the Internet. The survey instrument is included. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Internet; New York City Board of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 22-25, 1995).