ERIC Number: ED306946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
What Happens When a School Starts Using a Microcomputer Laboratory? The Impact of a Science and Social Science Microcomputer Program on the Structure and Functioning of a High School. Technical Report 89-4.
Cline, Hugh F.
The first report of an ongoing case study examining the impact of using a laboratory of microcomputers as a tool for teaching science and social science courses in a high school, this paper reports on a sociological investigation of the organizational change in the structure and functioning of the school brought about by the introduction of the microcomputer laboratory. Introductory materials include a brief introduction to the systems thinking approach which underlies the STACI (Systems Thinking and Curriculum Innovation) project and a brief review of the sociological research literature on the impact of technology on formal organization with particular reference to schools. The participating high school where the study was conducted--the Brattleboro Union High School in Vermont--and the methods employed are then described. The report concludes with discussions of the organizational changes resulting from the introduction of systems thinking as detected to date, and policy implications of these findings that are appropriate for promoting effective use of computer based technologies in schools. (21 references) (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Technology Center, Cambridge, MA.