ERIC Number: ED305918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Profiles in Excellence: An Examination of High Quality Elementary School Instructional Computing Programs.
Beaver, John F.
A study was conducted during the fall of 1987 which examined aspects of successful elementary school instructional computing programs. The results show school leaders the approaches adopted by decision makers in a national sample of elementary schools identified for the excellence of their instructional computing programs. Significant findings include budgetary issues, computer allocation time, planning considerations and computer usage. The most striking budgetary findings suggest a major decline in instructional computing expenditures compared with previous years. Expenditures are dominated by hardware purchases; in the 1987 budgets, 73% of the funds were spent on hardware, whereas only 15% were devoted to software purchase. In addition, the study revealed a noteworthy shift in the way that leaders intend to allocate their available computer time in the future. Cooperative planning was undertaken by committees comprised mainly of principals and classroom teachers. The most critical contributors to program development were mainly equipment-oriented; the most significant barriers to program development were people-oriented. Apple IIe's were overwhelmingly the computers of choice and word processing was rated the most valuable instructional computing use. (3 references) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Savannah, GA, February 21-24, 1989).