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ERIC Number: ED279304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of Alternative Computer Inservice Programs for Elementary School Teachers.
Small, Marian; Haley, George
A pilot study was undertaken to investigate alternative inservice programs for teachers that would minimize their anxiety about computers and assist them in integrating computers into their teaching practices. The complete staffs of four elementary schools participated, and each school tested a different approach: math-drill and practice; math-higher level skills; language arts-drill and practice; and language arts-higher level skills. Emphasizing the use of software packages and hands-on experience, the 10 inservice sessions were delivered to the participants at each school separately for an hour at a time. The data, collected through pre- and post-training inventories, questionnaires, and interviews, revealed that teachers were generally receptive toward computers and their uses, and negative about feelings of anxiety, exposing ignorance when using computers, and of being unprepared and slow in relation to computers. It was also found that administrative leadership and support were very important factors in the success of the inservice program. Data summaries are presented in nine tables, copies of the forms and questionnaires used are appended, and references are provided. (DJR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada