NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED086249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of a Computers and Society Course on Student Perspectives.
Nicholson, P. J.; And Others
A course at the University of Minnesota entitled "Perspectives on Computers and Society" explores the social significance of computers. Topics covered include public perceptions of computers, biological and artificial information processing, the economics and technology of hardware, computer networks and software, data banks and the right to privacy, telecommunications, the social responsibility of computer scientist, and the use of computers and quantitative methods in public policy formation. Surveys of student attitudes showed that undergraduates felt the course to be useful, that guest speakers enhanced the credibility and sophistication of the course, that films were not generally useful to the course, and that class discussions were difficult to conduct and unproductive. In addition, more than 75% of the students stated that their attitudes toward computers changed significantly as a result of the course. In general, they gained more respect for the technical utility of computers but also felt more negatively about the overall social impact of these machines. (PB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A