Types of hardware and software in use and problems associated with their use in secondary agricultural education programs in West Virginia
David T. Aberegg, West Virginia University, United States
West Virginia University . Awarded
Microcomputers have become a vital tool in business, industry, and education. The level and the amount of education that students in West Virginia receive in secondary agricultural classes on microcomputers can affect their ability to compete for jobs and in college curriculums. For agriculture programs to produce quality graduates ready to meet the demands of today's work place, they must have up-to-date microcomputing hardware and software. This study examined the accessibility to computers by teachers of agriculture education in West Virginia. A survey was sent to 74 agriculture education departments in West Virginia. The results showed that most departments are using computers for word processing applications, gradebooks, and class lists. Most departments did not commonly use spreadsheets or databases. Online research was the most common use of telecommunications. Windows® 95–97 was the most common operating system. Most departmental computers have 3.5-inch floppy drives and CD ROMS. Most departments have two to five computers.
Aberegg, D.T. Types of hardware and software in use and problems associated with their use in secondary agricultural education programs in West Virginia. Master's thesis, West Virginia University.
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