ERIC Number: ED264802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Computers, Sex, and Society. The Microcomputing Program at Drexel University.
Results of 1983 and 1984 surveys of faculty and students at Drexel University are reviewed to evaluate the effects of the requirement that incoming students must buy a microcomputer. Slightly more than half the faculty were computer-competent (i.e., had considerable experience with at least one class of computer, with using computers in teaching, or with using computers for research or consulting). Positive attitudes about the requirement were expressed by 68% of the faculty. A comparison of 1983 and 1984 student surveys indicated the following: 97% of male freshmen in 1984 attended high schools offering computer courses, compared to 88% in 1983; in both years, males had more exposure to computing; 40% of 1984 entering male freshmen and 20% of 1983 male freshmen had owned a programmable computer during the prior year, compared with 25% of females in 1984, and 9% of females in 1983; 94% of males and 88% of females were pleased that they would own a microcomputer (a Macintosh); females discussed computers less frequently than males; and both males and females showed more condemnation of computer-related crimes in 1984 than in 1983. The responses of Drexel students were compared to responses of females at Barnard College. Reasons for choosing Drexel and Barnard were also compared. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Choice, College Faculty, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Computer Literacy, Crime, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Use Studies
Drexel University, Working Paper Series, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.