The Effect of Individual Differences on Computer Attitudes

The Effect of Individual Differences on Computer Attitudes

Claudia Orr (Northern Michigan University, USA), David Allen (Northern Michigan University, USA) and Sandra Poindexter (Northern Michigan University, USA)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-42-6.ch013
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Abstract

Computer competency is no longer a skill to be learned only by students majoring in technology-related fields. All individuals in our society must acquire basic computer literacy to function successfully. Despite the widespread influx of technology in all segments of our society, the literature often reports high levels of anxiety and negative attitudes about using computers. Monitoring the computer attitudes and developing an understanding of the variables that affect computer attitudes will assist educators and adult trainers in providing appropriate learning experiences in which learners can succeed. This study examined the relationship between computer attitude and experience, demographic/educational variables, personality type, and learning style of 214 students enrolled in a university computer literacy course.

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