ERIC Number: ED360952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Estimating Computing Hardware and Software Available to Preservice Students in Metropolitan Detroit Schools.
Smith, Gary R.
Preservice students in the College of Education at Wayne State University (Michigan) are expected to complete at least one semester using microcomputers and courseware that they can use to support their teaching of elementary school and secondary school pupils in metropolitan Detroit. A survey form was developed to collect information about the microcomputing hardware, software, and computing laboratory facilities in the schools where student teachers and other preservice teachers were working with students. The survey form was distributed to students doing field experiences in 1992. There were more than 400 responses, representing about a 40 percent response rate. Sixty-eight percent of the elementary schools had at least one computer in the individual classroom, but only 20 percent of the senior high schools were observed to have a computer in the classroom. More than 90 percent of junior high/middle schools and senior high schools had a microcomputer laboratory in the school. This study supports the assertion that preservice students need to build their skills using the three major systems--Apple IIe/GS, Macintosh, and IBM (MS-DOS). It will be important for secondary school teachers to find ways of introducing applications from their disciplines that can be cultivated using resources from the high school computer laboratory. Four tables present study findings, and the survey instrument is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Education Majors, Educational Technology, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Preservice Teacher Education, Questionnaires, Secondary School Teachers, Student Teachers, Tables (Data), Urban Schools, Use Studies
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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