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Title:Factors Involved in the Decision to Adopt Computer-Assisted Instruction in Medical Technology Education
Author(s):Angert, Mary Anne
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Health
Abstract:Computer-assisted instruction has been used in nursing and medical education since the early 1960s. Published material concerning the use of the computer has been available in both fields. Since there was a dearth of material on the use of computers in the education of medical technology students, a survey was undertaken to ascertain the extent of computer use in schools of medical technology and the factors that influenced the decision to adopt the computer into the educational program.
A questionnaire was sent to program directors/educational coordinators in public schools of medical technology in the United States which had an enrollment of ten or more students in the clinical year. Three areas of investigation were selected: (a) the teaching structure used in schools of medical technology, (b) the choice and use of a computer in these schools, and (c) the factors involved in the decision to adopt the computer in medical technology education.
Response to the questionnaire showed a third of the schools of medical technology used a computer either in a managerial role, an instructional role, or in both capacities. The availability of funds for initiation and continuance of the computer program was reported to be the major consideration in the decision to adopt the computer into the educational process. Constraints due to an increase in course content and limited faculty time were also reported as important considerations. The medical technology faculty and the administration were reported to be the agents who had the most influence in the decision to utilize the computer in medical technology education.
The nature of change and change innovation as well as the use of the computer in education was included in the literature report. Comments concerning the experiences or reactions of the respondents to computer-assisted instruction were included in the research. Suggestions and recommendations for those considering the use of the computer in medical technology education were also included.
Issue Date:1982
Description:142 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8302794
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1982

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