ERIC Number: ED254117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty at the Threshold. Microcomputing Working Paper Series.
A Drexel University survey of faculty determined their experience with computers, knowledge of various computer languages, and attitudes about a new policy requiring students' use of microcomputers. Questionnaire responses were obtained from 328 full-time faculty and 222 part-time faculty. For 15 possible ways of using computers, only a minority of the faculty reported having extensive experience, and for every discipline, younger faculty had more computer experience. Both full- and part-time faculty were more likely to have used computers for numerical computations than for word processing, data analyses, literature search, or playing computer games. A higher proportion of full- than part-time faculty had computer experience. Computers were used by over 50 percent of the engineering and science faculty. While 45 percent of the business administration faculty had extensive computer experience, 42 percent had no experience. Engineering/science faculty were more likely to have written programs in high-level languages than to have used software packages, while business faculty were more likely to have used software. Faculty were more likely to have used a mainframe computer than a microcomputer. The views of faculty about a new requirement that freshmen own a microcomputer were also assessed. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, Competence, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Change, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Microcomputers, Teacher Attitudes
Working Paper Series, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.