ERIC Number: ED307136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Computer Usage by Physics Teachers and Their Students.
Prelle, Walter V.; Hiatt, Diana Buell
The purposes of this study were to determine how experienced high school physics teachers were in using computers, how computers were being used for high school physics instruction, what the teachers perceived the use of computers in their physics classes should be, and what the enabling and constraining factors were in developing the use of computers. A total of 319 high school physics teachers who were members of the American Association of Physics Teachers responded to a survey mailed to 400 teachers for a return rate of 79.8 percent. Conclusions based on the results of the survey were: (1) the teachers averaged seven years computer experience but the quality was questionable; (2) the number of computer systems available was insufficient to support use and restricted the teachers' selection of applications for physics instruction; (3) the teachers wanted to use all of the computer applications more frequently; and (4) the enabling factors were quantity of computer systems, software, and preparation time and the constraining factors were lack of funds for purchasing, having time to prepare for use, and having computer systems available. The survey instrument is appended. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).