ERIC Number: ED271083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Adoption of Microcomputer Technology by College of Agriculture Faculty in Eleven Northeast Land-Grant Universities.
Brown, Emory; And Others
Microcomputer use and access, training needs, information sources, and self-perceived knowledge and skills regarding microcomputers were determined with a sample of college of agriculture faculty in 11 land-grant universities. Personal and organizational characteristics related to various levels of using microcomputers were also investigated. Questionnaires were completed in 1985 by 1,157 research, resident instruction and extension faculty who attended colleges and universities that were members of the Northeast Computer Institute. Adoption level was defined as the frequency with which individuals used a microcomputer during the past year and was measured along a continuum from daily use to none at all; high-level users used a microcomputer at least once or twice a week, while moderate-level users' rate was more than once every few months. Findings include: 65% of respondents have access to a microcomputer at work, while 22% have access to one at home; high-level users were more likely to have had a microcomputer for over a year and to have one at home; saving time is the most commonly reported advantage of using the microcomputer; and 78% were interested in receiving training in the use of the microcomputer. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Blacksburg, VA, August 21-24, 1985).