ERIC Number: ED256943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-30
Integration of Computer Related Instruction in Texas Vocational Agriculture Programs. Final Report.
Cepica, M. J.; And Others
A study examined current usage of microcomputers, projected software needs, and teacher inservice training needs in Texas vocational agriculture programs. Questionnaires were mailed to each of the 922 vocational agriculture departments in Texas. Data from the 446 usable instruments returned were tabulated by geographical area and school size. Next, currently available vocational agriculture-related software was reviewed, and priority areas for software development were established. Larger schools tended to use microcomputers more than small schools for both administration and teaching. Computers were used more frequently for instructional rather than for administrative purposes, with microcomputers being used in agricultural production courses more often than in any other program area. Fifty-four percent of those teachers not already using microcomputers planned to do so within the next five years. Forty-two percent of the schools responding to the survey had microcomputers available for use by vocational agriculture students and teachers, with most being located in a special computer lab. Although numerous sources of agriculture-related software were available, a critical shortage of practical and economical programs was identified. Both pre- and inservice instruction in the use of microcomputers and computer-assisted instructional techniques were deemed necessary. (The survey instrument is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Courseware, Educational Equipment, Educational Media, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Facility Requirements, Fused Curriculum, Futures (of Society), Inservice Teacher Education, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock.
Identifiers - Location: Texas