ERIC Number: ED322896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-6
Making the Computer Laboratory Accessible to Minorities.
Research literature shows that current uses of computers in public school education are not reaching minority populations, and that females and ethnic minority students are less likely to have access to a computer at home. In addition, a study of computer use in the Learning Skills Center (LSC) at the University of Alabama supported the research finding that computer laboratories in schools are both supervised and used primarily by white males. A study of computer use in a small open-use computer laboratory in the Tuscaloosa Public Library showed that 63% of the children in a day camp program who checked out computer programs during free library time were male; the sample was not sufficiently racially diverse to make white/minority comparisons. Potential solutions to these problems include: (1) the hiring of minorities as computer instructors; (2) integration of computer applications courses into the regular secondary school curriculum; and (3) teacher training in computer use, teacher access to available software, and assistance for teachers who wish to modify the curriculum to incorporate computer use. (11 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (70th, Las Vegas, NV, February 6, 1990).