Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. James Dick

Second Advisor

Dr. Pamela Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Elliott Ostler


The basic concern of this study was to examine the relationships between various personal, educational, and professional characteristics of Millard Public Schools' secondary English teachers and their use of microcomputers in the classroom. The subjects of this study consisted of 75 secondary English teachers in the Millard Public Schools. A questionnaire was created to quantify microcomputer and software usage by these teachers. The questionnaire focused on two areas: various demographics such as teaching experience, educational level, and participation in in-service programs, along with a focus on various types of software used and time spent microcomputers in the classroom. After tabulating the results, the findings were analyzed. The findings identified patters on computer usage among secondary English teachers. A strong correlation existed between microcomputer adopters and microcomputer inservice training. There was no relationship between educational attainment and computer use. Recommendations were made for additional studies of the characteristics of teachers who use microcomputers in their classrooms. Further studies could be undertaken to determine if there is any difference in microcomputer usage in other departments within the Millard schools, and in similar curriculum areas in other school districts, and/or in other schools in general. Also, the Millard district could take steps to improve teacher accessibility to microcomputers by exploring ways to clearly determine if accessibility is truly a problem.


A Thesis Presented to the College of Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Brian F. Begley August, 1997