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ERIC Number: ED247970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-21
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Literacy of Entering Freshmen.
Tellep, Andrew
In an effort to improve college program planning using data on the computer skills of entering freshmen, a survey was conducted to obtain information about computer science programs in Pennsylvania's public schools. The study investigated the material being taught, the background of computer science teachers, program plans, tendencies in the acquisition of hardware and software, the programming languages being taught, and the students receiving computer science instruction. Study findings, based on responses from 220 districts across the state, revealed: (1) 36.9% of the districts used Apple computers, and 44.6% expected to be using Apples the following year; (2) 23.6% of the elementary students, 42.8% of the middle school students, and 51.9% of the high school students were receiving computer science instruction; (3) the most commonly used programming language was BASIC; (4) 22.8% of the districts were currently teaching Pascal, and 33.2% planning to begin teaching the language within the next 2 years; (5) 54.6% of the districts taught structured programming; (6) of the computer science instructors, 35.3% had only undergraduate credits, 20.6% had only graduate credits, and 31.6% had both graduate and undergraduate credits in computer science; (7) 43.2% of the district had an organized, documented plan for computer usage; and (8) 75.5% of the districts used little or none of their computer capabilities for administrative purposes. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania