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Since the late 197O 1 s, the use of data processing has steadily increased in Iowa schools. In dollars alone, expenditures for educational data processing grew from 5.6 million dollars to 15.7 million dollars, between the years 1977 and 1985 (1). The increase included dollars for classroom computing, as well as for administrative uses. 1 Chief among those administrative uses were financial applications in the business office. The increase in administrative usage was in part due to technological advances, making data processing less expensive and more available to schools; and in part due to recognition by the legislature, local boards of education, and administrators of the advantages of computerized record keeping (2, 3). John Naisbitt, in Megatrends (4), advised that, "the computer is slowly finding its way into the public school system," and suggested, as a rationale, that computers, "simplify the extensive record keeping required." These factors .have provided the impetus for schools to move speedily away from manual record keeping, toward automation.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Donald L. Hanson


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