ERIC Number: ED249293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Computer Inequities in Opportunities for Computer Literacy.
Anderson, Ronald E.; And Others
The Science Assessment and Research Project conducted an assessment of the opportunities for computer learning in the nation's schools. As part of this study, 15,847 junior and senior high school students (13 and 17 years old) responded to a questionnaire regarding computers and computer usage. This is a summary of the findings: Opportunities for computer learning in our nation's schools are increasing, but inequities continue. Low-income, female, and rural students are especially disadvantaged in receiving computer experiences and computer literacy in school. Computer programming enrollment remains primarily limited to males attending computer-rich schools in large cities. Furthermore, over 60 percent of the senior high students and 70 percent of the junior high students have never had a chance to use a computer in school, as of the 1981-82 school year. Inequity in computer learning appears to have diminished for black students. Before interpreting this finding optimistically, however, further research should be done to determine the quality as well as the quantity of educational computing. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Minnesota Research and Evaluation Center.