ERIC Number: ED475939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
IT and the Attitudes of Middle School Girls: A Follow-Up Study.
Magoun, Dale; Eaton, Virginia; Owens, Charlotte
The 2-year NSF (National Science Foundation)-funded Girls Research Opportunities in Computing (Girls R.O.C.) project conducted an intense 3-week residential program to encourage and motivate seventh and eighth grade female students to pursue the study of computer science with emphasis on Information Technology (IT). Forty-eight girls were selected to participate in the program during the 2-year span. These female participants were selected from rural and urban school districts in northeast Louisiana. Each year of the program a cohort of 24 girls participated in a 3-week residential program on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) followed by 3 follow-up Saturdays during the fall. The Computer Attitude Questionnaire (CAQ) was used to measure the attitudes of the participants with a pre, post and a 10-week follow-up evaluation. The changes in attitudes were compared in terms of the program effectiveness. While these initiatives were targeted to core factors affecting the low female participation in IT, this research also examined if the findings for females also applied to other underrepresented groups in information technology. The analysis measured the effects of training on attitudes in the following categories: Computer Importance, Computer Enjoyment, Study Habits, Motivation/Persistence, Empathy, Creative Tendencies, Attitudes Toward School, Computer Anxiety, Self Concept, E-Mail, the WWW, Integrated Applications, and Graphics in respect to grade level and ethnic group. An appendix includes the Subscale to Item Number Conversions. (Contains 11 references, 4 tables, and 4 figures.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Computer Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Information Technology, Middle School Students, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Surveys
For full text: http://confreg.uoregon.edu/necc2002/.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: NECC 2002: National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings (23rd, San Antonio, Texas, June 17-19, 2002); see IR 021 916.