ERIC Number: ED265822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Microcomputers in Schools, 1984-85. A Comprehensive Survey and Analysis.
Hood, John F.; And Others
This report of Market Data Retrieval's second comprehensive survey of microcomputers and their use in grades K-12 presents information for the 1984-85 year for public, private, and Catholic schools in the United States. The survey findings are summarized in a brief introduction, and detailed data are presented in the 37 tables and 9 maps that accompany the narrative report. Areas covered include microcomputer use by school type, micro-intensity by grade level and type of school, brand distribution, and growth trends. Findings indicate that: (1) U.S. schools are now using 630,000 microcomputers, a 75% increase over the 1983-84 school year; (2) public school use of micros (85.1%) still exceeds private (46.4%) and Catholic school (63.4%) use; (3) senior high schools still lead the way with 94.6% using microcomputers, but junior high schools are now at 93.1% and elementary schools at 82.2%; (4) 94.2% of U.S. public school districts now use microcomputers for instruction (an increase of 86.1% over last year, and 41.7% over 4 years ago); (5) Apple computer remains the most common microcomputer brand, with a 50.9% share of the market; (6) Radio Shack is second with a 19.7% share and Commodore is third with 15.2%; (7) IBM had the fastest growth rate, moving to a 3.5% share of the market; (8) while the number of children sharing a computer has been reduced in both wealthy and poor schools (54 versus 73.3), wealthy schools are making improvements at a faster pace. State rankings, state profiles, and survey methodology and definitions are appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Catholic Schools, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Microcomputers, National Surveys, Private Schools, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Districts, School Surveys, Tables (Data), Teaching Methods, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Market Data Retrieval, Westport, CT.