ERIC Number: ED432234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Access and Utilization of Computer Technology by Minority University Students.
Chisholm, Ines Marquez; Carey, Jane; Hernandez, Anthony
Universities assume that entering students possess computer skills and literacy and then expect students to utilize these assumed skills by offering computer-based instruction, requiring research using the World Wide Web, offering online courses, and integrating computer usage into many courses. Universities seldom stop to determine if required competencies exist uniformly across all students. Literature has shown that computer access and integration of computers into curricula have been significantly lower in student populations from ethnic minorities in K-12 public schools. This study looks at access and utilization issues of students at an urban university across students of many different ethnicities to determine if discrepancies persist at the university level. Findings in the following areas are discussed: computer skills and training; computer access--hardware; computer access--software; computer access--Internet/e-mail; current computer use; classroom computer use; and computer perspectives. Based on the findings, several changes are recommended that will expand computer ownership, training, support, and modeling of professional use of computers. (Contains numerous references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Information, College Students, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Ethnic Groups, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Student Surveys, Urban Universities, Use Studies, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: SITE 99: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (10th, San Antonio, TX, February 28-March 4, 1999); see IR 019 584.