ERIC Number: ED212743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Computer Systems for Urban School Administrators: A Guide for Decision Making. ERIC/CUE Urban Diversity Series, Number 78.
Vigilante, Richard P.
This monograph introduces educational administrators at a variety of levels to the basic concepts and procedures in the successful implementation of educational computer systems. In the first section, the units and functions of the computer are defined, and the administrative, research, and instructional applications of educational computing are examined. The concepts and processes of management information systems are discussed in the second section, which includes a comparative analysis of data file and data base systems. Also examined are the definition, design, development, and operation phases of systems implementation. The final section examines the nature and role of data control, data confidentiality, and data administration; the responsibilites of the data base administrator are looked at in the light of existing laws which deal with both privacy and access to information. It is suggested that the effectiveness of an information system cannot be determined in isolation from the functional activities that it was designed to serve, and a process-oriented system with a high degree of flexibility will, in the long run, be more cost-efficient and effective than a static, product-oriented system. (JCD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Computer Science, Computers, Data Processing, Databases, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, Information Systems, Management Systems, Urban Schools
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.