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The relation of gender and background experience to self-reported computing anxieties and cognitions

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McIlroy, D, Bunting, Brendan, Tierney, K and Gordon, Michael (2001) The relation of gender and background experience to self-reported computing anxieties and cognitions. COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 17 (1). pp. 21-33. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Gender and background characteristics were assessed in a sample of undergraduate social science students in relation to computing anxieties and attitudes as measured by the Computer Anxiety Rating Scale and Computer Thoughts Surveys. In contrast to previous studies the present study assessed individual factors from the two measures rather than total scale scores, and used a wider range of background measures to evaluate their impact on computing attitudes. Results indicate that gender differences may be more likely to persist, even with controlling variables, if responses are examined at factor rather than scale level. Students who had regular access to computing facilities developed more positive attitudes but had no advantage in anxiety. In contrast a positive first experience in computing appeared to alleviate anxiety but gave no primacy in positive attitudes. A previously successful computing background was not strongly or consistently related to positive computing attitudes, but the characteristics of the initial computer instructor may have negative consequences for some students. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:1880
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 14:41
Last Modified:14 Apr 2014 16:21

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