ERIC Number: ED260705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Microcomputer Policy. Paper and Report Series No. 106.
Coe, Merilyn F.
The purpose of this paper is to assist school district decision makers in formation of computer policy by: (1) developing a framework for analyzing the policy making process; (2) reviewing national and local policies on computer use; (3) analyzing current practice as de facto policy; and (4) evaluating the effects of written and/or de facto policy. Part I of this document describes the policy making process generally, and offers some specific ways that various groups approach policy developing. Part II presents some characteristics of computer use in schools and reviews policies that have been established by other districts. Part III describes a model for analyzing current computer use in schools, and discusses how this model can help a school board in understanding de facto policy in their districts. The summary and recommendations list a number of characteristics of school computer use including utilization of computers without any stated policy; unequal distribution of computer resources due to economic differences; and initiation of computer acquisition by individuals, which complicates policy making. The conclusion calls for the adoption of a standard analytical tool--the distributional matrix--so that districts can compare their patterns of computer use. A list of references completes the document. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.