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ERIC Number: EJ1145515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
What Predicts Student Success in Introductory Data Management Classes? An Investigation of Demographic, Personality, Computer-Related, and Interaction Variables
Harris, Kenneth J.; Harris, Ranida B.; Lambert, Alysa D.
Information Systems Education Journal, v9 n1 p107-115 Apr 2011
Introduction to data management classes are often times students' first exposure to advanced material in these areas. Many factors are likely to influence success in these classes, but empirical investigations have focused on relatively few variables. In this study, we extend this research by examining the relative contributions of the previously examined variables of gender and age, as well as the personality (motivation) variables of need for achievement and conscientiousness and the computer-related variables of computer self-efficacy and computer anxiety. Further, we investigate interactions between age and these personality and computer-related variables. We examined these variables in a sample of 204 students. Results revealed that demographic and computer-related variables explained variance in classroom performance, as did three of the four age-variable interactions. Pedagogical implications of these results are discussed as well as directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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