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ERIC Number: ED306534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Research on Computer-Based Education for Reading Teachers: A 1989 Update. Results of the First National Assessment of Computer Competence.
Balajthy, Ernest
Results of the 1985-86 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) survey of American students' knowledge of computers suggest that American schools have a long way to go before computers can be said to have made a significant impact. The survey covered the 3rd, 7th, and 11th grade levels and assessed competence in knowledge of computers, computer applications, and computer programming. Results indicated a widespread lack of familiarity with computer applications and programming as well as an emphasis on teaching programming rather than using computers in subject areas such as reading and English. Results also showed that roughly 30% of students had access to computers at home, but that socioeconomic factors played a disturbing role in limiting mminority students' access to computers. Despite the overall poor results, the rumored stall in the "computer revolution" disappears upon close examination. The NAEP results are 2 years old, based on generally unreliable self-report information, derived from a multiple choice test in a field which is primarily "hands on." The report's general conclusions are also heavily weighted by the computer programming section, but general computer literacy is unrelated to knowledge of computer programming. The computer revolution may be a growing surge rather than an explosion. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress