ERIC Number: EJ722964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 36
A Computer Attitude Scale for Computer Science Freshmen and Its Educational Implications
Palaigeorgiou, G. E.; Siozos, P. D.; Konstantakis, N. I.; Tsoukalas, I. A.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v21 n5 p330-342 Oct 2005
The successful integration of computers in educational environments depends, to a great extent, on students' attitudes towards them. Widely used computer attitude scales (CASs) focus on the beliefs of typical computer users and do not reveal the more refined attitudes of groups that use computers extensively and develop unique relations with them. This study presents the development and validation of a CAS especially designed for computer science freshmen (CASF). The scale consists of five factors, namely, self-confidence in previous knowledge, hardware usage anxiety, computer engagement, fears of long-lasting negative consequences of computer use and evaluation of positive consequences of computers in personal and social life. Using an analytic computer experience construct, the scale's components were related to multiple aspects of students' computer experience. CASF responses can inform a variety of instructional decisions and classroom management strategies for the first phase of the students' studies.
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Computer Science, Classroom Techniques, Computer Attitudes, College Freshmen, Educational Environment, Measures (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Anxiety, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Computer Attitude Scale