ERIC Number: ED263910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Computer Equity. Reports to Decision Makers, Number 5.
Reports to Decision Makers, n5 Aug 1985
Equitable distribution of computer resources is an important concern for school administrators. Computer equity consists of three dimensions: access, participation, and benefits. Access is the number of microcomputers available for student use, or the ratio of students to computers; equity issues arise when access to computers is restricted to certain schools, grade or ability levels, or to certain classes, such as advanced math. Participation is the average amount of computer time allotted to student use; inequities can result if free time usage is dominated by boys or high achieving students. Benefits are the kinds of activities students engage in when using the computer; the assumption that learning to program is preferable to drill and practice or word processing leads to inequities in educational benefits. A list of 12 barriers to equitable computer access and use is included, as well as suggestions for evaluating equity problems. Strategies for solving computer equity problems are suggested, and a list of references completes the document. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: For earlier reports, see ED 248 882.