ERIC Number: ED246878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Sex, Age, and Computer Experience on Computer Attitudes.
Loyd, Brenda H.; Gressard, Clarice
This study examined the effects of computer experience, age, and sex on attitudes toward computers among 142 high school language arts students, 107 community college mathematics students, and 105 students living in dormitories at a small liberal arts college. Computer attitudes (computer anxiety, computer confidence, and computer liking) were measured by the Computer Attitude Scale (Loyd and Gressard, 1984), which was administered by the teachers, instructors, and dormitory supervisors. The instrument provides three subscales of 10 items each and presents positively and negatively worded statements such as, "Computers make me feel nervous and uncomfortable," with a four-point response scale. Results showed that the students, as a whole, had fairly positive attitudes toward computers. Computer experience was significantly related to more positive attitudes on all three subscales. Significant age effects were found for the subscale "computer liking," but no clear trend for age was demonstrated. Sex was not significantly related to computer attitudes on any of the three subscales. Seven tables and a five-item reference list are included. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Anxiety
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (West Palm Beach, FL, February 1984). For related document, see IR 011 212.