ERIC Number: ED357218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Analysis of the Computer Anxiety Levels of Secondary Technical Education Teachers in West Virginia.
Gordon, Howard R. D.
The computer anxiety of 116 randomly selected secondary technical education teachers from 8 area vocational-technical centers in West Virginia was the focus of a study. The mailed questionnaire consisted of two parts: Oetting's Computer Anxiety Scale (COMPAS) and closed-form questions to obtain general demographic information about the teachers and their computer usage. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, calculation of correlation coefficients between computer anxiety and independent variables, and stepwise multiple regression. The distribution of scores suggested that some secondary technical education teachers (46 percent) experienced some overall computer anxiety. No differences existed between the computer anxiety levels of males and females. Over 45 percent considered themselves to be either complete beginners or novices. The most frequent type of formal computer instruction was inservice training workshops. The majority of teachers perceived local and state administrative support for computer use. The regression analysis revealed two significant explanatory variables: teacher's level of computer skills and perceived typing skills explained a substantial proportion of the variance in teachers' overall COMPAS scores. Recommendations included more hands-on experience for teachers and computer training relevant to teachers' major program area. (Contains 12 references and five data tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Computer Anxiety, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Educational Research, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Sex Differences, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Skills, Technical Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia