ERIC Number: ED412894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Internet, Librarians, Media Specialists, National Surveys, School Libraries, School Statistics, Tables (Data), Teachers, Use Studies, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Market Data Retrieval, Inc., Shelton, CT.