ERIC Number: ED373728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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An Assessment of the Computer Literacy and Computer Attitudes of Incoming First-Year Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Larson, Jan; Smith, Marian A.
To learn more about students' computer-literacy levels and attitudes about computer use, a pilot study was performed in the summer of 1993 to evaluate the computer literacy of first-year students entering the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A survey was completed by 444 incoming students during their orientation programs. The majority had some degree of computer experience when they entered the university; most cited word processing as their chief experience. Roughly 66% had no desktop-publishing experience; spreadsheet program experience was also limited. Nearly all students listed high school as the source of their experience. Overall, greater computer literacy did not positively improve students' attitudes toward using computers. Nearly 61% of high-experience users reported strongly avoiding computers. Women were more likely to avoid using computers, but gender appears to play less of a role in determining students' enjoyment of using computers than does choice of major. Implications for instruction are discussed. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.