ERIC Number: ED031937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Educational Computer Trends in the CEMREL Region Analysis and Recommendations.
Central Midwestern Regional Educational Laboratory, Inc. (CEMREL) analyzed educational computer trends in the CEMREL region. Between 1967-68 and 1968-69, there was roughly a 50% increase in electronic data processing (EDP) installations. Computer and remote terminal installations also increased 50%, but the proportion of computers under school systems or district control decreased slightly. These computers are oriented primarily to administration needs: finance and pupil categories each account for about one-third of all computer application; research and planning and facilities each account for about 15%; instructional programs and personnel applications are only 5% each. The minimum cost reported for all operations performed by a particular installation was 10 cents per pupil per school year and the maximum was $12.26. Present trends indicate that the computer is being used in schools to solidify practices of questional educational value, such as testing, grading, and scheduling students by compartmentalization rather than by individualization. A strong recommendation is that federal support be given to foster a polycentric (many-centered) development of computer resources, rather than encouraging each school system to install its own equipment. (MM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Costs, Data Processing, Dial Access Information Systems, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Expenditure per Student, Federal Aid, Flexible Scheduling, Information Processing, Personnel Data, Research Tools, School District Autonomy, Student Records, Test Scoring Machines, Testing Problems
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.