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Training Teachers to Use Computers: A Case Study of the Summer Training Component of the IBM/ETS Secondary School Computer Education Program TTI

Stecher, Brian M.
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ETS Research Report
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Computer Science Education, IBM, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Teacher Education


A training program in computer education tested in 89 secondary schools focused on the use of computers as tools in all subject areas. Each school received enough computers and software from IBM to equip a full computer laboratory. The schools were organized into local networks in eight regions and received training and continuing support in these network groups. At least three teachers from each school participated in a month-long, intensive computer education program prior to the receipt of the computers. At the hub of each local network was a Teacher Training Institute (TTI) which provided training and on-going support during the project year. This report documents the TTI computer training programs and identifies critical features of the project that related to its success. The report includes a discussion of the methodology employed in the study, a description of the form and content of the computer education institutes, a narrative account of a "typical day" in one of the training programs, an evaluation of the program from participants' perspective, and an analysis of the kinds of personal and organizational characteristics that correlate with successful computer education activities. (JD). (42pp.)

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