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ERIC Number: ED453147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-5
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Gender and Computer Use at a Rural Island School.
Cole, Howard
The differences between computer use and gender were investigated at a rural island junior/senior high school with a majority of Pacific Island students. The school is located on the island of Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. During a 9-week period, students recorded the amount of time and what they were using the computer for on sign-in sheets. Four computers located in the resource center, in the counselor's office, were used for the study. From an analysis of the sign-in sheets, it was learned that there were no differences between the amount of use of these computers and the student's gender. It was found, however, that female students did more word processing than male students. Female students seemed to use computers more often than male students, but this difference was not statistically significant. Problems with using student sign-in sheets appeared. Many students did not completely fill in all items on the sheets. In a future study, software should be used to monitor student computer use. Results of this study are in line with other studies that have shown that female students do more word processing than male students, and that the educational use of technology may be becoming more equitable in the United States. (Contains a table and 25 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Northern Mariana Islands