A FORECAST OF POSTULATED EVENTS WHICH REFLECT EDUCATIONAL TRENDS IN THE TRAINING OF PENNSYLVANIA ELEMENTARY TEACHERS IN THE USE OF MICROCOMPUTERS

CAROL D CITARELLI, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

This study was an investigative forecast of events that educators in Pennsylvania identify as reflecting trends in the training of elementary teachers in the use of microcomputers. The 238 experts were surveyed by means of a questionnaire listing 12 events, identified through the literature and a pilot study, as some that could impact on teacher training in the area of microcomputer education. The Delphi Methodology was utilized to collect the data from the sample which included elementary school principals, deans of undergraduate and graduate schools of education, school superintendents, Pennsylvania Department of Education personnel and Intermediate Unit directors of staff development. The data were gathered through three rounds of mailings. Specifically, this study sought to reach consensus as to the 50% probability of occurrence for each event and the probability of occurrence by 1993. Findings include a summary of the administration of the survey, a review of participant response, consensus for each subgroup and the extent of agreement or disagreement among the subgroups. An analysis of the results of this study brought to light the following: (1) the need for teacher training institutions to provide resource people, courses and capital to train preservice and inservice teachers on microcomputers; (2) the need for closer communication between those educators who plan change and those educators who implement change; (3) the need to plan and prepare for changes due to the new technology.

Subject Area

School administration

Recommended Citation

CITARELLI, CAROL D, "A FORECAST OF POSTULATED EVENTS WHICH REFLECT EDUCATIONAL TRENDS IN THE TRAINING OF PENNSYLVANIA ELEMENTARY TEACHERS IN THE USE OF MICROCOMPUTERS" (1984). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI8509628.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8509628

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