ERIC Number: ED318393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Elementary School Instructional Computing: Don't Let Administrators Feel They've Already Paid Their Dues.
Beaver, John F.
Some school administrators may feel that initial investments in instructional computing programs were sufficient, and that the programs do not merit continued support. Information on fund allocation for outstanding instructional computing programs can be useful to the "typical" school administrator seeking advice on how best to allocate the limited funds available for instructional computing. During the fall of 1987, a study investigated the budgetary characteristics of 73 elementary schools believed to have developed outstanding instructional computing programs. The schools were surveyed to determine (1) whether and for how long computer expenses had been permanent line items in the schools' budgets; (2) the computer-related costs per student for a 2-year period; and (3) the portion of schools' complete computer budgets allocated to each computer-related expense category. The survey found that computer expenses were not permanent line items in the budgets of over 70% of the schools studied; that the median computer-related expense per student dropped dramatically over the period studied; and that the largest portion of schools' budgets was going toward hardware, followed by software, staff development, and equipment maintenance. In conclusion, educational leaders should strive to reverse the apparent trend toward falling budgets and raise expenditure levels enough to both successfully implement and support instructional computing programs. (5 references, 3 tables, and 1 figure) (NRP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For a related report, see IR 014 269.