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ERIC Number: ED263878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Computers in the Schools: How Will Educators Cope with the Revolution?
Gleason, Gerald T.; Reed, Timothy
A study was implemented to conduct a long-range observation and analysis of the process by which computers are channeled into educational practice. Data collection involved a structured interview with knowledgeable representatives of 35 school districts in Wisconsin. Participating schools were selected randomly and stratified by size. Questions in the interview focused on the status of a district's computer activity to date, including: types of hardware and software available, inservice training activities, district policy statements, and roles of school boards and parent-citizen groups. Results indicate all districts but one utilized computers during 1982-83; the number of computers available ranged from one in a small district to 232 in a large district. When analyzed on a computer/student ratio, there was a range of 1/28 to 1/412, and a mean ratio of 1/156; Apple is the overwhelming choice of schools; and most computers were located either in classrooms (83%), the library (51%), or a computer laboratory (54%): virtually all districts reported multiple placement. Only 10 of 35 school boards had taken any official action concerning computers in their system; however, 80% of the districts had provided inservice training activities during 1982-83. Lack of funds was most often cited as a limitation to implementation efforts and few school districts had any hard data on student home access to computers. A summary, recommendations, and references complete the document. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin