ERIC Number: ED462945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Fostering Girls' Computer Literacy through Laptop Learning: Can Mobile Computers Help To Level Out the Gender Difference?
The goal of this study was to find out if the difference between boys and girls in computer literacy can be leveled out in a laptop program where each student has his/her own mobile computer to work with at home and at school. Ninth grade students (n=113) from laptop and non-laptop classes in a German high school were tested for their computer knowledge and computer confidence. A computer literacy test was developed that included the following scales: (1) confidence in using computers; (2) confidence in using the Internet; (3) computers as a tool or toy; (4) knowledge in hardware and operating system; (5) knowledge in common office applications and presentation software; (6) knowledge in using the World Wide Web for search tasks and in using e-mail; and (7) knowledge in basic security issues. Students from laptop classes outperformed students from non-laptop classes in computer knowledge, while there was no difference in computer confidence. In comparison to the non-laptop classes, the gender gap in computer knowledge was much smaller in the laptop classes. In computer confidence, no harmonizing effect of the laptops was found. (Contains 15 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 9, High Schools, Internet, Sex Differences
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Germany