ERIC Number: ED206224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Computer as a Research and Teaching Instrument for Students in the Behavioral Sciences.
Rowland, David L.; Crisler, Larry J.
A program designed to provide students a background in computers and computing that was implemented by the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Millikin University, Illinois, is described. The program was implemented in three overlapping stages: faculty preparation; course preparation; and course implementation. The development of faculty expertise in computing was accomplished through self-training (particularly the learning of statistical packages, etc.), conference attendance, and coursework. Computer training was incorporated into courses already existing within the behavioral science curriculum. Computer labs were introduced in methodology courses in psychology and sociology, and computer-based assignments were used in a number of sociology courses. Additionally, a new psychology course entitled "Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences" was established. While students undertook statistics and research methodology coursework, they were introduced to procedures for carrying out data analysis using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) and SAS (Statistical Analysis System). Introductory sociology students were briefly introduced to research methods; provided with a description of NORC's General Social Survey (GSS) data base; introduced to the use of SPSS with a written manual; and assigned simple SPSS exercises involving variables contained in the GSS. More advanced sociology student coursework also used computer-based assignments. The new computer applications course will include such topics as: data processing with statistical packages, writing programs for data analysis using an Apple II microcomputer, and program writing to facilitate experimental procedures. (SW)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, College Students, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Science Education, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Psychology, Research Methodology, Sociology, Statistical Analysis, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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