ERIC Number: ED240983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Microcomputers in Elementary Education.
This examination of the process the Toronto elementary school system is using to become familiar with microcomputers focuses on the introduction of microcomputers into the school setting and the resulting changing responses and interactions among pupils, teachers, administrators, parents, and others. In Phase 1, principals were surveyed for background information, while Phase 2 involved observation, interviews, and surveys in schools and special education settings in the Toronto elementary school system during the 1982-83 school year. The analysis of the data obtained is based on the concept of preparedness context, which refers to people in educational settings and their preparation for new technology. The first section of this report describes and discusses the results of the survey conducted in Phase 1. Results of the Phase 2 fieldwork are then organized around a specific preparedness context: grassroots preparedness, uneven preparedness, unallied external preparedness, and experimental preparedness. Typical patterns of interaction are traced and linked with preparedness through a description of each awareness context, an examination of the structural conditions that enter into the context, and examination of the consequent interactions, tactics, problems, and solutions. Appendices describe data collection methods and include the collection instruments used. (LMM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Adoption (Ideas), Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Interaction, Microcomputers, Parents, Policy Formation, Questionnaires, Teachers, Technological Advancement
Ontario Government Bookstore, Publication Centre, 880 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON, M7A 1N8 Canada ($5.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.