An analysis of the attitudes of traditional-aged and non-traditional-aged females about computers in word processing classes at Oregon's community colleges Public Deposited

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  • Today's office worker is being expected to operate computers in order to increase office productivity. While learning the new technology is a positive challenge for most people, some students experience a negative computer attitude when faced with computer training. This study sought to determine if there were significant differences about computer attitudes among females enrolled in introductory computer word processing classes in Oregon's community colleges. A sample of 125 traditional-aged females and 125 non-traditional-aged females was surveyed using the Computer Attitude Scale (CAS) developed by Brenda Loyd and Clarice Gressard. A t-test was used to compare groups on the CAS total scale and four subscales. No significant difference at the .05 level was found between the two groups on the total scores in the CAS. No significant differences were found on the two subscales: Computer Confidence and Computer Usefulness. However, on the Computer Anxiety Subscale, the non-traditional-aged group scored significantly lower than the traditional-aged group. There was also a significant difference on the Computer Liking subscale with the traditional-aged group scoring lower than the non-traditional-aged group. The implications of the study resulted in the recommendations that the instructors be alert to students' attitudes about computers as they are exposed to new office technology and that those instructors who gather, design, and scientifically test successful strategies in relieving negative attitudes share their methods with other teachers. It was also recommended that a correlation study between computer attitudes and word processing performance be made. Further recommendations for scientific studies included students' attitudes about technology other than word processing, the affect of age difference on students' attitudes, the affect of the amount of time of previous employment of students' attitudes, and the affect of previous computer experience on students' attitudes.
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