ERIC Number: ED249973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Solutions Unlimited: Delphi Study on Policy Issues in the Introduction and Management of Computers in the Classroom. Research Report 90.
White, Deborah; Rampy, Leah
The Agency for Instructional Television (AIT) has established a consortium of 42 state, provincial, and local educational agencies to develop computer/video materials in problem-solving, prepare inservice materials, and define and conduct policy studies. The purpose of this study, which focuses on the last task, was two-fold: (1) to identify issues related to the acquisition, management, and use of computers in education; and (2) to determine which of those issues were considered by the consortium to be the most important and appropriate for further study by AIT. The Delphi process was used as a means of involving as many consortium members as possible in an effort to reach group consensus on issues to be studied. Part 1 of this report explains the methods and procedures used to collect and analyze information on policy issues related to microcomputers in education. The results of the study are presented in Part 2, and the issues identified as having the highest or the lowest priority are detailed. Part 3 (the appendices) includes a copy of the survey and additional descriptive statistics. Based on 95 (44%) responses to a questionnaire mailed to 214 consortium representatives, it was found that issues felt to be of greatest priority are related to the roles and impacts of computers on the educational curriculum, the development and acquisition of appropriate and high-quality courseware, and the training of teachers. (THC)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Delphi Technique, Educational Media, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Graphs, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, School Surveys, Statistics
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($2.50 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
Note: For other reports in this series, see IR 011 413-419.