Digital Natives in a Hispanic Serving Institution: A Case Study of Generational Differences
Cheng-Chang Pan, Bin Zhang, University of Texas at Brownsville, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The present quantitative inquiry concentrates on generational differences in the Hispanics’ perceptions of online learning and their implications on the development of elearning. Targeting a Hispanic-serving institution in the U.S., learners’ age difference is investigated along with five other factors: behavior pattern (pertaining to technology use), technology ability, learning preference, attitude toward technology use, and perception of instructional strategies. Preliminary results suggest that age be a factor only to how Hispanic learners perceive instructional strategies. Digital natives (aka Net Gen, born after 1980) appear to favor an instruction that is more structured and more instructor-centered. Limitations and recommendations will be discussed.
Pan, C.C. & Zhang, B. (2009). Digital Natives in a Hispanic Serving Institution: A Case Study of Generational Differences. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2054-2057). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).