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ERIC Number: ED346296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Examining Computer Conferencing as a Technique for Enhancing Personnel Development Activities: Final Report for Year One of a Three Year Interdisciplinary Study.
Torres, Robert M.; And Others
Phase one of a 3-year study examining the potential use of computer conferencing to enhance inservice programs for vocational educators in secondary schools had the following goals: (1) to describe the demographic characteristics of vocational teachers and administrators; (2) to determine the availability of computer resources for vocational teachers and administrators; and (3) to determine vocational teachers' and administrators' opinions of, competence in, and attitudes toward using microcomputers. Questionnaires were developed and mailed to 137 vocational administrators and 339 teachers in Ohio; responses were received from 107 (78 percent) of the administrators and 244 (72 percent) of the teachers. According to the findings, the average age of vocational teachers and administrators was 42, they had 14-21 years' average experience in public education, the teachers were about half female and half male, and the administrators were about 80 percent male and 20 percent female. The study also found that most of the administrators and teachers have microcomputers available for their use, but do not have modems. The study population agreed that microcomputers can and should be used for inservice programs. Recommendations were made to field test inservice education programs using computer conferencing. (17 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A