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ERIC Number: EJ1141765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-346X
Technology Knowledge Self-Assessment and Pre-Test Performance among Digital Natives
Nelms, Keith R.
Journal of Learning in Higher Education, v11 n1 p99-107 Spr 2015
According to education pundits, traditional-age college students are "digital natives" inherently savvy in digital technology due to their constant exposure to technology from an early age. This widely held meme is at odds with observation in the college classroom. In this research, college students in an introductory information technology course are surveyed prior to instruction regarding perceptions of their own technological expertise in hardware, software, networking, research, computer graphics, computer security, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students are then given pre-tests to assess their expertise in these topics based on course standards. Data from the survey and the pre-tests are analyzed. Although students self-assess slightly greater expertise in areas in which they actively use computers (Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Research), they generally do not claim technological expertise. This lack of expertise is confirmed in pre-tests scores. Data analysis provides no support for the "digital native" meme.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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