ERIC Number: ED314478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Computer Discretionary Grant: An Evaluation. Report #1186.
With funds received under the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA) Chapter 2, the Computer Discretionary Grant was designed to train Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) School District teachers in personal computer operations. Teams comprised of middle and junior high school teachers were allowed to enroll in the staff development program. Each team consisted of a science teacher and mathematics teacher from the same school. Twenty public and four non-public school teachers participated in the program. Funds were used to purchase software and pay leaders and teachers. Two-hour staff development sessions were conducted over a 15-week period at a computer laboratory housed in a high school. Teacher teams were expected to instruct classes after their training. Training sessions were rated highly by participants, but the teaching sequence was not implemented because school administrators were not able to complete their commitment. Nevertheless, teacher reactions indicate that mathematics and science teachers acquired the skills necessary to apply computer technology to the instructional process. Student progress objectives seemed to be too ambitious considering the time allotted. Future programs should be based on verified capabilities of participating schools and qualifications of participating teachers. Feasibility analyses, follow-up support, software disbursement records, and continued program evaluation should also be included in future program implementations. The Teacher Workshop Reaction Form, the ECIA Chapter 2 Science and Technology Grant Final Examination, and three data tables are provided. (TJH)
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Teachers, Microcomputers, Middle Schools, Program Evaluation, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Staff Development, Teacher Response, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.