ERIC Number: ED447987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Needs of Rural School Psychologists.
Wise, Paula Sachs; Cruise, Tracy K.; Kelly, Ruth M.
Rural Research Report, v11 n5 Spr 2000
A survey of 71 rural Illinois school psychologists examined the frequency of their professional contacts, their level of computer knowledge, and their access to technology. Results indicate that although rural school psychologists serve an average of 1,620 students, practice in an average of 5.5 schools, and work for 2.2 school districts, professional isolation was less pronounced than expected. Two-thirds of the rural school psychologists had face-to-face contact with another school psychologist at least once a week, and half had at least weekly contact with a colleague over the phone or via computer. Most attended local or regional school psychology meetings and the spring convention of the Illinois School Psychologists Association (ISPA). Still, nearly three-quarters of respondents indicated a desire to have additional professional contacts with colleagues. The vast majority had access to a computer at work and at home. Respondents indicated that they possessed the basic computer skills of word processing, test scoring, sending and receiving e-mail, and report writing, but fewer than 20 percent were able to use a listserv, Power Point, or statistical programs. Two-thirds of respondents wanted to know more about using listservs, nearly half wanted to learn to use Power Point, and 40 percent wanted to know more about searching the Internet. Results suggest that local presentations or handouts in the ISPA newsletter would be the best way to provide rural school psychologists with the information they need and want about technology. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Collegiality, Computer Literacy, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, Information Technology, Internet, Professional Development, Professional Isolation, Rural Schools, School Psychologists
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Illinois Inst. for Rural Affairs.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois