ERIC Number: ED286491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
The Effect of Microcomputers in the Home on Computer Literacy Test Scores.
Sparks, Judith A.
This research paper based upon a thesis of the same title examines whether a statistically significant difference exists between computer literacy test scores for those students having a microcomputer in the home and those who do not. Relationships between student gender, adult education level, adult occupation, adult computer use, educational software, and computer brands and their relationship to the test scores are also examined. Data were collected from 693 seventh grade students in a Missouri junior high school who were administered the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Computer Literacy Test Grade Seven and a researcher developed survey designed to collect demographic data. The data were analyzed using the ANOVA Statistical Analysis System package, and statistically significant differences were found at the .05 level between the computer literacy scores of students who had educational software at home and those who did not. A relationship between the educational level, occupation, and use of computer by the male adult in the home and the test scores was also identified, although the gender of the student was not found to be related to literacy test scores. No trend was found toward ownership of a particular brand of computer. A review of the literature and the student survey questionnaire are included. (RP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Requirement for the Degree of Education Specialist, Central Missouri State University.