ERIC Number: ED311866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
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Computers: Friend or Foe to the Black Educator?
Issa, Raja R. A.; Lorentz, Robert L.
The purpose of this study was to measure changes in the anxiety levels and attitudes of black educators toward microcomputer use resulting from participation in a one-semester laboratory course in microcomputer applications. Data were collected over a one-semester period from a class of seven black educators with advanced degrees at Mississippi Valley State University--a historically black institution--who volunteered for the training. A questionnaire assessing anxiety level and attitudes toward microcomputer use was administered both before and after the course, during which educators were trained in using an operating system, word processing, electronic spreadsheets, and database software. Each educator was required to use all software packages. A control group of 30 educators was randomly chosen from the population of black educators at the same university. It was found that, although educators' attitudes towards computers improved with exposure to the microcomputer applications course, their anxiety levels towards computers increased. It is recommended that the study be replicated with the following modifications: (1) establishment of a more homogeneous structure of experimental and control groups; (2) enlargement of the sample size in both groups to reduce the non-random assignment of educators and to provide a larger database for additional statistical calculations; and (3) extension of the study to other cultural groups and to include a comparison of educator attitudes with those of students and staff members. A copy of the attitude survey instrument is appended together with tables showing the results of statistical analyses of the data. (5 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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