An investigation of computer technology perceptions of freshman students at a predominately historically black university
Glenda Greene Johnson, Texas Southern University, United States
Texas Southern University . Awarded
The researcher discusses the relationship between the student's perception of their technology skills and an assortment of variables on students at a historically predominately black university. The survey of entering freshmen and transfer students shows that 76% of the 100 students questioned had taken computer courses in high school felt that additional computer skills were needed to lead them into the 21st Century with the appropriate computer skills.
The majority of the students (81%) surveyed were African Americans. Unemployed students and unmarried students were in the majority in responding to the survey. Sixty-four percent of the students were confident in their computer abilities. They were comfortable with their ability to write reports, prepare spreadsheets, draw graphics, and play computer games. Only 50% of the respondents reported owning a computer, although Internet usage was high at 83%.
The younger age group (17–21) of freshmen was more confident in their computer skills than any other age group surveyed. 92% of the students noted a felt need for more computer skills. A number (44%) less than the majority expected their professors to be proficient in computer technology.
The students expected the university to provide courses that would help them to develop the computer skills to enter the job market and be competitive. The students also expected the faculty of the university to be computer proficient.
Computer technology usage continues to be a concern within the historically predominately black university. The study raises the concern as to the role of the student, professors, and university in influencing computer literacy in the university climate. This is one of the first studies (if not the first) conducted with university students with regard to their computer technology perceptions.
Johnson, G.G. An investigation of computer technology perceptions of freshman students at a predominately historically black university. Ph.D. thesis, Texas Southern University.
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