ERIC Number: ED270159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
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Faculty Attitudes toward Using Computers in a Community College.
A study was conducted at a small community college in northern California to examine faculty use of microcomputers for instruction and to investigate faculty attitudes toward computer-assisted learning, computer-related staff development activities, and imminent social changes and the implications of these changes for postsecondary education. The study employed a phenomenological approach involving in-depth interviews with 24 full-time faculty members and participant observations. Study findings included the following: (1) all but three of the full-time faculty members indicated that they had some recent experience with computers, either by taking courses or attending conferences or through informal introduction by a friend or colleague; (2) 12 faculty members currently used computers either in their school work or for personal use; (3) faculty experience with computers before the college purchased microcomputers in 1981 was very limited; (4) the major actual or planned instructional applications of computers by the faculty members included computer-assisted instruction, drill and review, simulations, word processing, information retrieval, testing, grading, record keeping, and research; and (5) faculty members in English/basic skills, mathematics, biology, and art were the college's most frequent instructional computer users. The study report includes a literature review, a discussion of the implications of the study findings for staff learning, the interview schedule, and an extensive bibliography. (EJV)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Managed Instruction, Computers, Educational Change, Microcomputers, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Use Studies
University Microfilms International, P. O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 (Order No. 84-12569, MF $16.00, PC $25.50).
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. dissertation, University of San Francisco.