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ERIC Number: ED436807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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E-Pals: An Exercise in the Seduction of Student Technophobes.
Cook, Susan L.
This paper presents a case study of an "e-pal" experiment which suggests that negative assumptions and orientations toward computer technology for communication purposes can be altered through one-to-one peer relationships. The experiment was conducted through a communication seminar at a small private university in the Northwest. Necessary characteristics for the success of this experiment included little structuring, little or no professional intervention, individual selection of in-depth partners, an offline community meeting to discuss the experiment in process, and willingness to be open to the experience on the part of the subjects. Findings suggest changes in personal computer-use patterns were most noticeable in students originally more techno-phobic. The value of personal influence in interpersonal and organizational worlds and the effectiveness of group learning, feedback, and constant reinforcement are supported by this study. Contains 17 references and two tables. Appendixes contain post-experiment survey questions and examples of individual profiles. (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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