ERIC Number: ED320560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Attitudes of the Returning University Student towards the Use of Computers.
This study reports on an examination of the experiences and expectations of the older university student who is returning to school to either complete a degree or begin a new career--one who in all likelihood did not have any computer experience before attending university classes. Specifically, the study was designed to: (1) compare attitudes towards computer use between returning and new students; (2) determine potential computer use by returning students; and (3) determine perceived present and potential use of computers in schools by those who plan to teach in the future. Participants were 28 graduate and undergraduate students ranging in age from 19 to 47 (with an average age of 33) from two university computer literacy classes. Students were surveyed at the beginning and at the end of the class to determine their attitudes towards the utilization of computers. Data were analyzed using a Pearson correlation based upon the survey responses, student status (returning or new), and age of the respondent. Preliminary results indicate that the returning student demonstrates a more positive attitude towards the use of computers. While results of the pre-class survey indicated a larger potential for use of computers among returning students than among new students, the survey at the end of the class showed a similarity between the two groups, with the attitudes of the new students more in line with those of the returning students, whose positive attitudes towards the use of computers had increased slightly. These results indicate a greater need for more inservice education opportunities for teachers. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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