ERIC Number: ED353963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan-29
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An Assessment of the Computer Skills of Incoming Freshmen at Two University of Wisconsin Campuses.
Smith, Marian A.; Furst-Bowe, Julie A.
A study was conducted at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Eau Claire and UW-Stout in 1992 to assess the computer skills of incoming college freshmen. Information about the students' computer skills was obtained through the use of a questionnaire. The questionnaire was distributed to 92 students at UW-Eau Claire and 86 students at UW-Stout. Information was gathered about the amount and type of students' previous computer experience, the source of the experience, and their attitudes toward using computers. Demographic information, such as age, sex, and major, was also collected. The study found that approximately 90% of the students surveyed possess some computer experience, with over 80% of the respondents reporting more than a year of computer experience. Over 90% of those who had used computers had used word processing software and over 90% of the students reported gaining their computer experience in high school. Overall, students reported positive attitudes toward computers, and students with greater amounts of computer experience typically reported more confidence in their computing abilities. (Contains 20 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Freshmen, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Educational Research, Higher Education, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Word Processing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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