ERIC Number: ED318435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Providing Practical Applications of Computer Technology for Fifth Grade Students in Career Awareness Laboratories.
Pereno, Joan S.
This practicum addressed the problem of providing practical computer application experiences to fifth grade students as they relate to real life work situations. The primary goal was to have students become cognizant of computer functions within the work setting as contrasted with viewing computer activities as instruments used for games or academic drill. Two hundred and seventy students in six schools participated in the practicum implementation. They performed work-related activities on computers in the career areas of cashier, teacher, secretary, receptionist, fingerprint technician, and restaurant manager. A survey identifying jobs and computer processes was given as a pre- and posttest. Responses were elicited from students to an open-ended questionnaire concerning computers upon completion of the activities provided in the practicum. The results were positive; 267 students completed four or more computer activities used in the implementation and 259 students showed improvement in the recognition of jobs and computer processes. The open-ended questionnaire reflected positive attitudes toward computers on behalf of the total group. All objectives of the practicum were successfully met and the final results exceeded the anticipated practicum goals. (16 references) (Author/GL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.