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ERIC Number: ED238900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Empirical Study of Some Determinants of Microcomputer Literacy in High School Students.
Lockheed, Marlaine E.; And Others
This paper analyzes some determinants of gain in computer literacy by over 300 high school students who were concurrently enrolled in a required 28-hour computer literacy course that substituted for every sixth mathematics class day throughout the year. Since several hundred students were enrolled in the course and there were only 11 Apple microcomputers in the Computer Center, it was not possible to assign homework requiring the use of a computer. Most students used the center to play games, although some went beyond classwork. Pretest and posttests determined computer literacy, experience, and attitudes toward computers. Gender, grade, mathematics course type and mathematics section type were all found to be related to gain: males, younger students, students in sophomore and junior college preparatory mathematics, and students in advanced sections of mathematics courses gained relatively more than females, older students, and students enrolled in other mathematics courses or section levels. Access to and experience with computers were generally unrelated to gain in computer literacy. Exceptions to this were that asking the teacher for help was a determinant of gain for female students, and access to a computer outside of school was a determinant of gain for ninth and tenth grade female subjects. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hands On Experience
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).