ERIC Number: ED248667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
A Cost Comparison of Preparing Special Education Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) with and without Computer Assistance.
Enell, Nancy C.
The study reports on the costs and time associated with the preparation of special education individualized education programs (IEPs) with and without computer assistance. Data were gathered from nine agencies within California. In each agency special education administrators, teachers and parents were interviewed to determine the time and personnel costs related to preparing IEPs and the reactions of these groups to using computers in the IEP process. The major source of difference for the computer-assisted and the noncomputer-assisted groups was in teacher time used in preparing for and conducting the IEP meeting. The savings for the teacher with computer assistance ranged from 7 to 28 minutes. Additional costs for paper, equipment, software, and data entry were not perceived as problems. It was concluded that the reported payoff to teachers and administrators of a computer system for IEPs in terms of time savings is sufficient to offset the operational costs. In addition, teachers producing computer-assisted IEPs had much more positive attitudes toward special education, and all teachers expressed positive attitudes toward using computers. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-37, 1984).