ERIC Number: ED318466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Model Program for Computerphobia Reduction.
Rosen, Larry D.
A 3-year project was undertaken to develop, implement, and evaluate a program to reduce computerphobic reactions among postsecondary education students. The Model Computerphobia Reduction Program was designed to screen potential computerphobic students in their computer courses at the beginning of a semester and invite them to participate in brief skills-acquisition modules (treatment programs). After screening over 1,600 students, nearly 200 students, faculty, and staff of California State University, Dominquez Hills, volunteered for the program. The many others who needed the program, but chose not to participate, were used as a comparison group. Extensive short- and long-term evaluation, which used measurement scales and qustionnaires completed before and after the program and 6 months later, demonstrated strong, positive results. Highlights of the results include: (1) a 92% completion rate; (2) strong measurable objective and subjective gains; and (3) maintenance of gains over 6 months. Two comparison studies revealed markedly reduced anxiety, enhanced attitudes and cognitive abilities, and drastically reduced course dropout rate and improved course grades. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Dominguez Hills.