ERIC Number: ED247966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Vocational-Technical Microcomputer Applications in Michigan and Bordering States (Upper Midwest Region). A Status Report: Summer 1984.
Harris, Richard; Obert, Deborah
In summer 1984, a study was conducted to assess the status of microcomputer applications in the public vocational-technical facilities of Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Mailing lists provided by the vocational education divisions of each state department of education were used to survey 705 individuals regarding hardware and the applications of software in administration, instructional support, counseling/job placement, and vocational education. Study findings, based on a regional response rate of 39%, included the following: (1) Apple/Apple Compatible, IBM-PC/IBM Compatible, and Radio Shack microcomputers dominated the institutions' inventories; (2) a moderate overall percentage of facilities had microcomputers communicating to a mainframe; (3) local area networking was being utilized or under consideration to a significant extent in every state; (4) there was a significant amount of administrative software application activity in accounting/finance, analysis spreadsheet, data base applications, and word processing in every state; (5) most of the activity in instructional applications of software was in the areas of word processing and computer-assisted instruction; (6) microcomputers were used extensively in job placement, counseling, and occupational information systems; and (7) software applications in health occupations were less apparent than in other vocational-technical programs. Study findings are reported primarily in graphs and tables. (LAL)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Educational Counseling, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, State Surveys
Center for Occupational Education, School of Education, Ferris State College, Big Rapids, MI 49307 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ferris State Coll., Big Rapids, MI. Center for Occupational Education.
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