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ERIC Number: EJ1003039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
ICT Proficiency and Gender: A Validation on Training and Development
Lin, Shinyi; Shih, Tse-Hua; Lu, Ruiling
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v23 n2 p179-190 May 2013
Use of innovative learning/instruction mode, embedded in the Certification Pathway System (CPS) developed by Certiport TM, is geared toward Internet and Computing Benchmark & Mentor specifically for IC[superscript 3] certification. The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC[superscript 3]), as an industry-based credentialing program, utilizes CPS and has been recognized by the Certification Recognition Program of the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) in the US. The CPS, as an individualized learning plan, gears to guide learners through the learning process of pre-assessment, training, practice tests, and portfolio management. The study is to examine whether there are differential effects on computer competency and performance, specifically taking into account gender and types of enrolled program in relation to career and technical education. Our research addresses whether the gender-related differences along with enrolled programs and levels of study differ in performance of information and communications technologies (ICT) including the aspects of Computer Fundamentals (CF), Key Applications (KA), and Living Online (LO). A total of 185 university students were randomly assigned to participate in the CPS and encouraged to take a series of certifying exams. In addition to the official certifying exams, the participants took the CPS which focuses on the three learning processes, i.e., preassessment, training, practice tests. The results showed that gender-related differences exist in all three aspects of ICT performance. In terms of levels of study (LS), differences existed only in the aspects of CF and LO. Various types of enrolled programs (i.e. day program, evening program, weekend program) differ in all the three aspects (i.e., CF, KA, LO). Further discussion and implications were also included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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