ERIC Number: ED368010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Laboratory Assistant Interactions with Communication Students.
Although numerous studies focus upon computer attitudes and computer anxiety, relatively few studies analyze the interaction between a computer laboratory assistant and the individual who is asking the question. This paper begins with a brief overview of the literature that discusses attitudes towards computers, computer anxiety, and computer training considerations. The paper then discusses the work of J. L. Alty and M. J. Coombs who studied advisory services and interactions at the University of Liverpool. The paper concludes with a study of the interaction between lab assistants and 32 communication students at Duquesne University (Pennsylvania) to determine whether perceived future computer use affects the students' attitudes toward computers and increases interactions with computer laboratory assistants. The paper notes that these students will be required to use computers in the future because of their chosen career field. The paper reports that respondents with a higher prior computer experience level were more comfortable with using computers than those with lower prior computer experience levels, while hypotheses regarding sex differences in interaction with assistants and comfort in using computers were not supported. Sample students responses concerning attitudes toward predicted computer use are attached. Contains 47 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Duquesne University PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).