ERIC Number: ED286474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Computer Literacy in Colleges of Agriculture: Results, Conclusions and Implications.
Curtis, P. A.; And Others
A computer literacy assessment instrument was developed to evaluate the current level of computer literacy of students enrolled in agricultural classes at Texas A&M University. A faculty member from each of the 19 departments in the College of Agriculture was asked to recommend two classes representative of the students in his or her department, and the survey was administered to this sample of 895 students. Results were analyzed by analysis of variance techniques to determine if there was a significant difference in literacy scores between students in the freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate classifications, and Duncan's multiple range test was used to separate the means. Scores were stratified to include those specifically related to computer hardware, software, programming, agricultural computer use, miscellaneous technical questions, and computer experience with six specific software packages. Scores were also analyzed for differences due to the students' majors. Results indicated that, regardless of high school experience, freshman literacy scores were below those of seniors. It is concluded that the responsibility for computer literacy should be placed on the university, and several ways in which departments can work toward this goal are suggested. Statistical analyses are included, 12 references are listed, and the survey instrument is appended. (MES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.