ERIC Number: ED291357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Effective Computer In-Service Programs. Research Report.
Stecher, Brian M.; Solorzano, Ronald
Designed to describe effective computer inservice programs and to determine the components that contributed to their effectiveness, this study identified eight school districts from across the country that appeared to be providing outstanding computer training for teachers. Case studies of these eight model districts were conducted in which computer coordinators, trainers, and teachers were interviewed and inservice classes were observed. Data analysis focused on five issues: (1) outcomes of inservice classes, including the knowledge and skills acquired by teachers concerning computers, their use of computers in instruction, and the impact of computer use on students; (2) the inservice delivery systems and effective instructional practices used; (3) teacher characteristics and relationships between teacher characteristics and outcomes; (4) organizational context and context variables related to program effectiveness; and (5) unanticipated factors that helped to explain the inservice results. The text is supplemented by 7 tables, and 38 references are provided. The appendices contain copies of the interview and observation forms used in gathering the data. (Author/EW)
Descriptors: Administrators, Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Educators, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.