ERIC Number: ED433663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Computer Attitudes and Opinions of Students with and without Learning Disabilities.
Brown-Chidsey, Rachel; Boscardin, Mary Lynn; Sireci, Stephen G.
This study investigated the attitudes and opinions of 970 students with and without learning disabilities regarding the use of computers for school-related work. Using a quasi-experimental design with three non-equivalent groups, within and between subjects effects were studied using a survey instrument. The students in grades 5 through 12 at three school sites completed pre- and post-test surveys at the beginning and end of the school year. One site served as the experimental group, while the other two were control groups. The experimental condition consisted of the installation of a campus-wide computer network for use by all students at the experimental site. A 24-item scale measured participants' attitudes about the general use of computers in schools and the use of computers by students with special needs. The most significant variables related to students' attitudes and opinions were their past experiences using computers and their school affiliation. These data also showed there was no relationship between the installation of a campus-wide computer network and changes in students' attitudes and opinions about computer use in special education. There were no significant differences in attitudes toward computers between students with and without learning disabilities. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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