ERIC Number: ED309209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
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Variations in Anxiety/Attitudes of Black High School Teachers towards Computers.
Issa, Raja R. A.; Lorentz, Robert L.
This study examines differences in attitudes and anxiety levels toward computers between a group of black high school teachers who had regular exposure to computers (Group II) and a group of who had little or no exposure (Group I). Forty teachers from several Mississippi Delta high schools responded to a questionnaire containing demographic and attitudinal questions. Chi square statistics were examined to determine the independence between the variables of Group I and Group II. Multiple discriminant analysis was performed to determine statistical differences between the two groups. Analysis of the attitudinal variables showed marked differences between the two groups in their beliefs that computers are difficult to use, that computers are complicated machines, and that they lacked understanding of the many applications of computers. Both groups disagreed with the statement that it was more troublesome to do something on the computer than by hand. Discriminant functions correctly classified group membership at a level far beyond the chance level at 50 percent. Statistical data are included on five tables. A copy of the "Microcomputer Seminar Attitudes Survey" questionnaire and a seven-item bibliography are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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