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Demographic Differences in Computer Anxiety and Self-Efficacy: The Evolution of the Digital Divide

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 08/01/2011
End Date 05/01/2012
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount
Community Partner
Related Course HNRS 499 and PSY 499
Last Updated 09/23/2011 01:26PM
Keywords gender differences, computer anxiety, age differences, demographic, self-efficacy, digital divide

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Faculty
  Claudia Lampman

Student Researchers
  Mikaela Mulder

Abstract

Over the last ten years, computers have become increasingly more important in everyday life. They have become capable of assisting with everything from academia to entertainment, and they play a predominant role in the lives of most college students. However, this rise in technology has not come without consequences. Studies have found significant gender differences in both performance and attitudes towards computers (Cooper, 2006). These differences could lead to severe long-term repercussions for women in both academic and workplace situations. Past studies have found that males have significantly higher levels of computer self-efficacy, as well as lower anxiety and more positive attitudes towards computers (Weil, 1987; Busch, 1995; Cooper & Weaver, 2003; Cooper, 2006), however, many of these studies have used measures discussing technology that is now obsolete. The primary aim of this study is to investigate gender differences is computer anxiety and self-efficacy in a population of college students, and to apply a revised computer self-efficacy scale.

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