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Microcomputers are becoming increasingly more common in today's society. The cost of the unit Is decreasing, more software is available, and the quality has improved. As computer usage becomes more common in society, schools must respond through educational preparation and utilization. The number of pub I le school computers more than tripled between 1980 and 1982, increasing to nearly 100,000 by the spring of 1982 (Magarrel I, 1982). Between 1980 and 1982 the number of home computers l n use grew more than seven-fold and the number of educational programs available for these micros increased more than ten-fold (Zlajku, 1983). Due to this growing availability, the curriculum in many schools currently includes work on the microcomputer. Given the potential impact of the computer on the educational development of children, it ls essential that computer training be offered in the schools. There ls much controversy, however, over the question of the age, or grade at which computer instruction should begin.

Year of Submission

January 1985

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Mary Nan Aldridge


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