Date Approved

Spring 1994

Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education


The purpose of this study was to review existing research and write an article about factors that lead to greater computer usage in the elementary schools.; In completion of this study an exhaustive review of literature and research dealing with factors pertaining to successful elementary computer programs was conducted. From this review, a list of factors was created, and a survey developed. A phone survey was then completed for a group of 26 district computer coordinators. The surveys were then divided into schools with elementary computer models that computer coordinators ranked highly, and those which computer coordinators felt were lacking. The results of each question were then subjected to a chi-square.; Recommendations of the study are divided into two categories. All have to do with administrative activities to encourage computer use.; District administrators should: (1) Develop a technology plan, (2) Hire a full time computer coordinator, and (3) Develop a district computer information clearing-house.; School level administrators should: (1) Show visible support for program, (2) Develop school goals, including computer's place in curriculum, (3) Buy compatible computer equipment, (4) Place computers in both laboratories and classrooms, (5) Have computers available for check-out by teachers, (6) Hire a part-time school computer coordinator, and (7) Have flexible, on-going, and paid training available.


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