ERIC Number: ED252193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Computer Anxiety and Instruction.
While the computer is commonly viewed as a tool for simplifying and enriching lives, many individuals react to this technology with feelings of anxiety, paranoia, and alienation. These reactions may have potentially serious career and educational consequences. Fear of computers reflects a generalized fear of current technology and is most prevalent in already-anxious individuals who are forced to deal with computers, especially in subordinate roles. External locus of control has also been identified as a predictor of computer anxiety. Teaching strategies relevant to alleviating students' computer anxiety might include the following: explanation of the logistics and functions of computer components; teaching the function of computers by using a set of rules; using several strategies to lower students' frustration levels; having the beginner adopt a computer mentality, in which orderliness, sequencing, and attention to detail are paramount to successful human/computer interactions; and insuring that early assignments incorporate tasks that are relevant to students' educational goals. Seventeen references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Anxiety; Computer Uses in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Spring Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (30th, Atlanta, GA, March 28-31, 1984).