ERIC Number: ED265834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Microcomputers in Alberta Schools--1985. A Final Report on the Results of a Resource Survey of Alberta Schools.
Petruk, Milton W.
To determine the number and current use of microcomputers in Alberta's elementary, junior, and senior high schools, a total of 1,509 schools were surveyed. The results, as reported by 1,271 schools (84.2%), showed the total number of microcomputers to be 13,748. To provide more in-depth information, schools were categorized by six instructional levels and survey results were tabulated both by school level and by microcomputer brand category. Data indicate Apple computers dominate at the elementary and junior high level; however, this dominance seems to weaken at the senior high level. Another aspect of the survey sought to determine how many microcomputers schools would buy in the next fiscal year; results of this projection showed that the 1,271 respondents expected to purchase an additional 6,859 microcomputers during this period. It was concluded that the computer literacy program is strong at the elementary and junior high school levels, while courses in computer processing seem to be more popular at the senior high level. One of the biggest obstacles to the implementation of instructional computing is identified as the lack of teachers who are computer literate; it is recommended that both pre- and in-service teacher education include computer literacy courses. Appendices include a sample survey package and a list of participating school jurisdictions. In addition, 30 data tables present findings on computer literacy, computer use, computer location in schools, and teacher attitudes toward MECC (Minnesota Educational Computer Consortium) software. These tables provide information for elementary, junior, and senior high schools as well as total results for all schools surveyed. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Faculty of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada