ERIC Number: ED275662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Model to Reduce Anxiety and Increase Utilization of Computers in the Classroom.
Ernest, Patricia S.; Lightfoot, Robert M.
This study conducted at the University of Montevallo (Alabama) was designed to assess the knowledge and anxiety levels related to microcomputers of inservice teachers prior to exposure to a model of instruction and after completion of instruction. A description is given of a model for the presentation of microcomputer experiences which includes explanation and hands-on experience with all components of a computer, program planning and creation, evaluation of commercial software, and management of the computer in the classroom. During the 1985-86 academic year, 50 inservice teachers and administrators self-selected an elective coursework experience in microcomputer literacy based upon the described model. Prior to the experience, knowledge and anxiety levels and perceived values of microcomputers were elicited from participants. The treatment intervention consisted of a 5-week, 40-hour exposure to the model of microcomputer experiences. A comparison of the results of the entry assessment of anxiety and the post-assessment indicated a significant diminishment of anxiety levels. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (11th, Nashville, TN, November 21-25, 1986).