ERIC Number: ED266272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Microcomputer Applications by Business Teachers in Minnesota.
Lambrecht, Judith J.
Data were collected from Minnesota secondary and postsecondary business teachers regarding their instructional microcomputer applications and their attitudes about several instructional computing issues. Usable surveys were returned by 342 teachers in 236 schools. The predominant brand of computer at the secondary level was the Apple II; most postsecondary schools used both Apple II and IBM personal computers. High schools had an average of 19 computers for instructional use in the business department; postsecondary schools had an average of 35. The business microcomputer applications currently taught most frequently were word processing, accounting, BASIC programming, spreadsheet use, and database applications. Computers were infrequently used to teach content. The content areas most frequently taught using computers were accounting and keyboarding. Teachers infrequently used computers as a teaching management tool (word processing and spreadsheets). Less than half of responding teachers marked any area of instructional computing as one about which they needed more information; they were often those already using computers most. Teachers teaching with computers liked the experience. Areas of greater indecision were equity in access to computers by teachers and students, copying software for classroom use, and preparation of business teachers for using computers in instruction. (A copy of the survey instrument is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Business Education, Business Education Teachers, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Research, Equipment Utilization, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Technology Transfer, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota