ERIC Number: ED298941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Personal Administrative Computing in Rural Schools.
Picton, John O.; And Others
This report examines: (1) the extent to which rural school administrators personally use microcomputers for administrative tasks; (2) whether such use is determined by differences in sex, age, size of school district, and type of administrative assignment; and (3) the kinds of administrative computer applications that are most prevalent. Subjects surveyed were 700 school administrators (elementary, middle/junior high, and high school principals) and superintendents from rural school districts in Montana, South Dakota, and Texas. Responses were received from 80% of the administrators. The survey data showed that more than half (56%) of the rural administrators did not personally use a microcomputer for administrative tasks, and 43% of the respondents stated that they had had no training in microcomputers. Although sex was not a factor in microcomputer use, age was, with younger administrators more likely to use microcomputers for administrative tasks than their older counterparts. In addition, although there was no relationship between size of school and microcomputer use, microcomputer use can be ranked (from highest to lowest) according to type of administrator: elementary principals (highest), middle/junior high principals, high school principals, and superintendents (lowest). Finally, it was found that administrators tend to use microcomputers for traditional types of administrative tasks rather than for a complete range of public school administrative functions. Four graphs and a copy of the survey instrument are included. (7 references) (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).