ERIC Number: ED319370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Issues Related to the Implementation of Computer Technology in Schools. Final Report, July, 1981. Technical Report No. 2.
Sheingold, Karen; And Others
This study examined ways in which microcomputers are used in schools and the complex issues that surround their implementation. Three fictional geographically distinct school districts with a diversity of microcomputer applications at both the elementary and secondary levels were studied: Salerno, a large southern city; Granite, a midwestern city; and Greenview, a small suburban community in the northeast. A research team interviewed people at all levels of the school system--district administrators, school administrators, computer resource personnel, media specialists, teachers, students, and community persons. Students were observed using computers in a variety of contexts. Six trends emerged which raise important questions for future research: (1) differential access to microcomputers; (2) the emergence of new roles in response to microcomputers; (3) the lack of integration of microcomputers into elementary classrooms and curriculum; (4) the inadequate quality and quantity of software; (5) the inadequate preparation of teachers for using microcomputers; and (6) the lack of knowledge of effects and outcomes. Interview guides and a classroom observation form are appended, and 69 references are listed. (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.