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  • This paper reports on the results of a study investigating attitude toward computing for a large group (n=509) of students undertaking an introductory information systems course in an Australian university. Students were surveyed using a two-part questionnaire. The first section dealt with gender, previous computing experience, and level of computer knowledge, and included other questions such as age, program of study, year of study, and mode of study (i.e., full-time or part-time). The second section consisted of 24 questions related to attitude to computing. Results show that age and gender do not appear to significantly influence attitudes to computing. However, previous computing background and level of computer knowledge do significantly influence attitudes to computing. Suggestions for future research are discussed. Four figures illustrate the breakdowns of: age in relation to previous computer experience; age in relation to level of computer knowledge; gender in relation to previous computer background; and gender in relation to level of computer knowledge. Two tables present the 24 questions on attitude toward computing and the observed Chi-square values of the four variables. Contains 11 references. (DLS) ******************************************************************************** Reproductions supplied by EDRS are the best that can be made from the original document. ******************************************************************************** Attitudes of University Students to Computing: An Australian Perspective "PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE THIS MATERIAL HAS BEEN GRANTED BY G.H. Marks Sim Kim Lau Ang Yang Ang Department of Business Systems, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia Tel: +61-2-42214132, Fax:+61-2-42214474, Email: sim_kim_lau@uow.edu.au Abstract: This study reports on the results of a study investigating attitude to computing for a large group of students undertaking an introductory information systems course in an Australian university. The focus of this study is to determine whether the following factors: age, gender, previous computing background and computer knowledge, influence attitude of university students to computing. Our results show that age and gender do not appear to significantly influence attitudes to computing. However previous computing background and TO THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES level of computer knowledge do significantly influence attitudes to computing. INFORMATION CENTER (ERIC)." This study reports on the results of a study investigating attitude to computing for a large group of students undertaking an introductory information systems course in an Australian university. The focus of this study is to determine whether the following factors: age, gender, previous computing background and computer knowledge, influence attitude of university students to computing. Our results show that age and gender do not appear to significantly influence attitudes to computing. However previous computing background and TO THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES level of computer knowledge do significantly influence attitudes to computing. INFORMATION CENTER (ERIC)." ()
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  • Attitudes of University Students to Computing: An Australian Perspective. ()
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