ERIC Number: ED385243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Overcoming Computer Avoidance by Adult Educators: An Individualized Computer Instructional Course Designed To Reduce Computer Anxiety.
Cole, Lucy B.
This practicum was developed to help educators overcome their uncomfortableness when using a computer. Seven adult educators were avoiding using the computers purchased for them to use in their classroom with their students. These seven adult educators showed on a survey that they were very uncomfortable using computers and were unable to perform any of the 12 tasks listed on the survey. They were then enrolled in an individualized instructional course designed to reduce computer anxiety. The 12-week course was given individually to each tutor in a stress-free environment. Twelve tasks were taught at a pace dictated by the students themselves. A survey given at the completion of the course showed that all of the tutors were either comfortable or very comfortable using the computers, and all tutors mastered all 12 tasks. This research showed that students must conquer computer anxiety before they can begin to feel comfortable with computers. Students can overcome computer anxiety by training in the proper environment. Two figures and two tables illustrate data. Appendices provide the pre-course questionnaire, pre-course task checklist, pre-course computer comfort level survey, in-progress computer comfort level survey, post-course computer comfort level survey, pre-and post-class task survey, post-course task checklist, and computer software content inventory. (Contains 36 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.