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ERIC Number: ED412894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 300
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
National Survey of Internet Usage: Teachers, Computer Coordinators, and School Librarians, Grades 3-12.
Market Data Retrieval, Inc., Shelton, CT.
A study was conducted to assess the number and type of schools and educators who use the Internet/World Wide Web. The national survey was conducted in November and December of 1996, and included 6,000 teachers, computer coordinators, and school librarians currently working in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. At the elementary level, classroom teachers were surveyed; at the secondary level, English, Math, Social Studies and Science teachers were polled. The survey achieved a response rate of 11.4% (n=681). The survey results will provide educational product developers and marketers with objective information on how the K-12 market is utilizing the Internet to address curriculum and in-service training issues, and what types of products and services are most likely to succeed in the near future. Factors investigated in the study include: characteristics of Internet-using educators and schools; web sites considered appropriate for students; profiles of four popular web sites; curriculum areas best supported by web resources; primary activities students engage in when using the Internet; most important benefits for students and teachers; web site features which persuade educators to use them regularly; specific things educators want on the web; ratings of web sites hosted by publishers; school budgets and plans for the Internet; needs and obstacles educators face when using the Internet; and pros and cons of using the Internet. Results indicate four important themes of what educators want: (1) greater access to the Internet, especially in the classroom; (2) materials supporting "real" curriculum areas and actual textbooks used in classrooms; (3) more organization and content evaluation by subjects and grade levels; and (4) more training for teachers. Contains 106 data tables, comprising more than half the document. (SWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Market Data Retrieval, Inc., Shelton, CT.