ERIC Number: ED317197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Initiating the Use of a Microcomputer Database in an Elementary School Setting.
Vitchoff, Lorraine G.
This practicum was designed to initiate the use of databases in an elementary setting. The primary goal was to establish a workable method to incorporate the use of databases and instruct teachers on how to use a sophisticated computer application. The peripheral goal was to transmit the newly-learned skills of the teacher to the students. A monitoring checklist was used to obtain pre-training data on teachers' knowledge of databases. Teachers were then exposed to a variety of databases and were encouraged to develop their own uses. A post-training checklist was then administered. Students were also instructed on how to use databases. Objectives for the teachers were to define the word "database"; create a database and use the various functions (including sorting, arranging, selecting, printing, and copying); and demonstrate the use of a database for classroom instruction. The objective for students was to define "database" and demonstrate the ability to execute the find, arrange, and select commands. Data are presented in the form of seven tables and six figures. Analyses of the data revealed that 100 percent of the participants met the majority of the behavioral objectives. Appendixes include the faculty and staff person surveys and their results, checklists used for pre- and post-monitoring of teachers and students and their results, a calendar of activities for the project, workshop agendas, a sample lesson plan, and the post-training and implementation survey and its results. (26 references) (Author/GL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.