ERIC Number: ED389271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Decreasing Computer Anxiety and Increasing Computer Usage among Early Childhood Education Majors through a Hands-On Approach in a Nonthreatening Environment.
Castleman, Jacquelyn B.
This practicum was designed to lessen the computer anxiety of early childhood education majors enrolled in General Curriculum or General Methods courses, to assist them in learning more about computer applications, and to increase the amount of time spent using computers. Weekly guidelines were given to the students, and a hands-on approach was used in a laboratory setting. Students were encouraged to explore applications beyond the minimal guidelines with the understanding that their grades would not be affected adversely by their computer experiences. The 10 students were allotted a 2-hour block of time each week in the technology lab and were encouraged to use the facilities during regular lab hours. Each student used the various types of computers available. Analysis revealed that all of those enrolled demonstrated basic knowledge about computers and basic operating skills, with a majority indicating an increase in their knowledge of computer applications. All students showed an increase in computer usage and a majority of participants expressed a higher level of confidence in using computers and a reduced level of anxiety, and all indicated that they would use computers more extensively in the future. Three appendixes present a use checklist, a usage log, and the study questionnaire. (Contains 2 tables and 20 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hands on Experience; Preservice Teachers
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.