ERIC Number: ED300652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
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Microcomputer Application Priorities of College Faculty in Vocational-Technical Education.
Cox, Kenneth; Cheek, Gerald
A literature review revealed that few colleges of education offering courses in microcomputer applications are addressing the training needs of college professors and graduate students aspiring to faculty positions. A study was therefore conducted to define and prioritize microcomputer applications needed by college faculty in vocational-technical education. The study population consisted of 278 professional teacher educators from the member institutions of the University Council for Vocational Education. A 74 percent response rate (212 usable questionnaires) was achieved. Word processing was the most used application (91 percent), with only 1 in 10 teacher educators not using a computer for word processing. The next six most frequently used applications were statistical packages, disk operating system and other system commands, bibliographic search, database management, electronic spreadsheets, and desktop publishing packages. All seven of the most frequently used applications were ranked among the nine most important applications. No significant relationship existed between users' and nonusers' rankings of the applications. A portion of the study also addressed the perceived differences in the importance of computer applications and their use between the different service areas within vocational-technical and adult education. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (St. Louis, MO, December 1988).