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ERIC Number: EJ773934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Computer Usage and the Validity of Self-Assessed Computer Competence among First-Year Business Students
Ballantine, Joan A.; McCourt Larres, Patricia; Oyelere, Peter
Computers & Education, v49 n4 p976-990 Dec 2007
This study evaluates the reliability of self-assessment as a measure of computer competence. This evaluation is carried out in response to recent research which has employed self-reported ratings as the sole indicator of students' computer competence. To evaluate the reliability of self-assessed computer competence, the scores achieved by students in self-assessed computer competence tests are compared with scores achieved in objective tests. The results reveal a statistically significantly over-estimation of computer competence among the students surveyed. Furthermore, reported pre-university computer experience in terms of home and school use and formal IT education does not affect this result. The findings call into question the validity of using self-assessment as a measure of computer competence. More generally, the study also provides an up-to-date picture of self-reported computer usage and IT experience among pre-university students from New Zealand and South-east Asia and contrasts these findings with those from previous research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; New Zealand