ERIC Number: ED112827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perceptions of the Computer as an Expert Source of Information. Technical Report No. 44.
Ingle, Henry T.
To discover children's knowledge about computer operation and programing characteristics and its effect on children's perceptions of computer expertise, pre- and posttests were administered to 292 children from 5th, 7th and 9th grades. Children were randomly assigned to see a factual film on computers or to a film on another subject. It was hypothesized that increased knowledge about computers would lower student perception of its expertise. Pretests indicated all children, regardless of age level or previous computer-assisted instruction (CAI) experience, held a high regard for computer expertise; posttest indicated that those who viewed the film changed in a direction supporting the hypothesis of the study. Older students perceived the computer as somewhat more expert than did younger ones, and CAI-experienced students more than non-CAI experienced students. It was concluded that social lessons as well as cognitive outcomes were taught by CAI programs. (SK)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Science, Computers, Credibility, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 9, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Instructional Films, Perception Tests, Perceptual Development, Student Attitudes, Testing
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.