Instructional use of microcomputers in Indiana public high schools

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Green, Gussie L.
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Blaser, Frank T.
Issue Date
1983
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The purpose of the study was to identify the use of microcomputers for student instruction in Indiana public high schools. An additional purpose was to identify the number and brand of microcomputers in Indiana public high schools. To accomplish the purposes, 363 public high school principals were requested to give questionnaires to eleven department chairpersons. Questionnaires were returned by 282, 78 percent, of the principals. Data were tabulated for raw scores and percentages.Findings1. Microcomputers were used in 84 percent of Indiana public high schools.2. APPLES or TRS-80s constituted 71 percent of 2332 microcomputers located in 286 high schools.3. Students in 2 percent of the art departments used microcomputers for problem solving, programming, simulation, and tutorial.4. Students in 40 percent of the business departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, simulation, tutorial, and word processing.5. Students in 9 percent of the English departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, tutorial, and word processing.6. Students in 7 percent of the foreign language departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, simulation, and tutorial.7. Students in 2 percent of the home economics departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving, and simulation.8. Students in 7 percent of the industrial arts departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving programming, repair and maintenance, simulation, and tutorial.9. Students in 62 percent of the mathematics departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, simulation, and tutorial.10. Students in 3 percent of the music departments used microcomputers for drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, and tutorial.11. Microcomputers were not used in the physical education departments.12. Students in 30 percent of the science departments used microcomputers for computer literacy, drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, simulation, and tutorial.13. Students in 5 percent of the social studies departments used microcomputers for drill and practice, games, problem solving, programming, simulation, and tutorial.