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Schmidt, Wesley I.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Education


Electronic data processing--Study and teaching--Illinois--Chicago metropolitan area


This study was conducted to determine the extent of data processing procedures used by the public schools in the Metropolitan Chicago Area. The three basic themes developed in the investigation worst the types of data processing equipment employed; equipment utilization; and the capital outlay necessary to provide data processing services. In determining how data processing procedures were used, basic machine operation was analyzed, and a study was made to discover how these machines functioned to provide various services for school business affairs and as information-getting devices for pupil personnel services. The study was limited to a selected sampling of schools in the Metropolitan Chicago Area. Those included were: the Chicago Public Schools; Arlington Heights High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, Illinois; Fenton High School, Bensenville, Illinois; Hinsdale Public Schools, Hinsdale, Illinois; Proviso East High School, Maywood, Illinois; and Waukegan Township High School, Waukegan, Illinois. Each of the schools was visited personally by the investigator. Actual data processing operations were observed and data were collected during the visitation. Each school's use of data processing methods is presented separately to insure the clarity of information introduced. It was found that basic equipment typically employed at the schools were the International Business Machines Corporation 26 card punch, 82 sorter, and 402 accounting machine. The Service Bureau was also used, in many cases, for such operations as scheduling, grade point averaging, and various research projects. The amount of equipment and its utilization varies from school to school. The primary dissatisfaction with data processing procedures was expressed as a lack of sufficient equipment, thereby limiting the amount and type of processing that could be accomplished. Data processing procedures are used for a diversity of functions. Its uses extend from the simplest listings and label printings to complex research projects. Machinery Involved ranged from the three basic machines previously mentioned, to highly complex computer systems. The costs were found to be reasonable and non-prohibitive when combined with careful planning and gradual conversion to data processing procedures.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [60]-62)


62 pages




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