ERIC Number: ED272138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
[IDEAS For Equitable Computer Learning.]
Schubert, Jane G.; And Others
Designed to assist educators in improving computer learning opportunities for students, this packet of materials presents practical strategies that address 12 barriers to equitable instruction: (1) lack of encouragement for females and minority students to use computers; (2) potential value of computer learning more apparent to males than females; (3) bias against females and minorities in software and advertising; (4) prerequisites irrelevant for computer access and instruction; (5) limited computer access for females during free time at school; (6) underrepresentation of females and minority students in computer clubs; (7) dominance by one student over another during computer time; (8) pressure from peers not to participate in computer activities; (9) underrepresentation of females in computer leadership roles; (10) inappropriate location of computers within schools; (11) inability of teachers and students to recognize and deal with problems in computer learning; and (12) shortage of qualified personnel for computer learning. For each of the barriers, a 3- to 4-page leaflet presents illustrations and discussion of situations that constitute the barrier; suggestions for appraising whether the illustrated problem exists in a particular setting; activities for developing awareness among staff and students about the problem and its consequences; suggested actions for improving the computer learning environment; and ways to assess whether the actions have been effective. In addition, IDEAS includes a computer survey for students, an educator's self-assessment questionnaire, discussions of and suggestions for early childhood computer readiness and out-of-school computer access, and a bibliography of selected references in the areas of gender equity and computer education. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Females, Microcomputers, Minority Groups, Questionnaires, Sex Bias, Sex Differences, Sex Fairness, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Surveys
American Institutes for Research, P.O. Box 1113, Palo Alto, CA 94302 ($9.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Note: For a digest incorporating some of these ideas, see ED 263 910.