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ERIC Number: ED274868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 74
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputer Applications in Secondary Health Occupations Education: State of the Art.
Shelly, Richard W.
A study was undertaken to identify the different ways and the extent to which microcomputers are being used in secondary health occupations education (HOE) programs, the amount and types of applicable software and level of support for microcomputer-based HOE, and available literature reflecting or supporting the development of computer-assisted instruction in HOE. Data were collected from a literature review and surveys of 180 vendors of microcomputers and related courseware and 150 teachers and 35 supervisors of HOE programs. It was discovered that although commercially produced software that is appropriate for use in secondary HOE programs does exist, the selection is quite limited. Commercial educational software developers were largely unaware of the existence of a need for HOE courseware, and most HOE teachers surveyed were unaware of the magnitude of the software gap that exists in HOE. No single commercial software development company whose primary focus was HOE software was found. Drill-and-practice software was used most frequently, whereas simulation courseware (the one that appeared to be the most effective) was the least used and least available. Only 1 in 10 teachers surveyed was using microcomputers in an HOE program. (This report includes a taxonomy of microcomputer software for HOE teachers, a 67-item reference list, and appendixes containing the letter sent to vendors to solicit information for the study and the teacher and supervisor survey instruments.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Henrico County Public Schools, Glen Allen, VA. Virginia Vocational Curriculum Center.