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ERIC Number: ED363900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 23
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An Examination of the Validity of Computer and Non-Computer Person Stereotypes.
Dobbs, Linda Kay
A series of three studies examined the validity of certain features of computer person and non-computer person stereotypes, including gender, academic achievement, communication apprehension, and receiver apprehension. First a pilot study developed a computer attitude estimate (CAE) scale and survey method. Subjects were 47 high school students and 42 college students who took the survey as part of class activities, 22 college students who received extra course credit for participation, and 12 college students who took the survey on a volunteer basis. Next, Study One reported a correlational analysis of computer attitude and stereotype features. Subjects were 230 high school students who took the survey as part of class activities, 46 college students who received extra course credit for participation, and five high school students and 10 college students who took the survey on a volunteer basis. Finally, Study Two addressed the generalizability of the first two studies by examining the factors in a distinctly different context. Subjects, 33 apprentices and three instructors of an electricians' union's apprentice program, completed the same survey as in the two previous studies. Findings of all three studies do not support either the computer or the non-computer person stereotype in totality, but show elements of truth in both of them, especially perceptions of higher academic achievement for the computer person and higher receiver apprehension for the non-computer person. (Four tables of data are included; 48 references and the survey instrument are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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