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A Comparative Study of University of Wisconsin-Stout Freshmen and Senior Education Majors Computing and Internet Technology Skills / Knowledge and Associated Learning Experiences
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, University of Wisconsin-Stout, United States

University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI. .

Abstract

A study comparing University of Wisconsin-Stout freshmen and senior education majors’
computing and Internet technology skills/knowledge and associated learning experiences was
conducted. Instruments used in this study included the IC³® Exam by Certiport, Inc. and the
investigator’s Computing and Internet Skills Learning Experiences survey. UW-Stout freshmen
education majors participating in the study demonstrated poor computing and Internet
technology skills/knowledge. UW-Stout senior education majors participating in the study
demonstrated marginal computing and Internet technology skills/knowledge. Both UW-Stout
freshmen and senior education major study participants identified evidence of poor formal and
informal learning experiences to develop computing and Internet technology skills/knowledge in
elementary school, middle school and high school. Senior education major participants indicated
more instances of formal and informal learning experiences in post-secondary schooling and
employment. Informal self-teaching methods to develop computing and Internet technology skills/knowledge were more evident with UW-Stout senior education majors who participated in
the study. Notable comparisons by class and major were conducted after initial analysis showing
the impact of specific formal and informal learning experiences. Recommendations to improve
UW-Stout education majors computing and Internet technology skills/knowledge follow Robin
Kay’s Evaluating Strategies Used to Incorporate Technology into Preservice Education (2006).

Citation

Sveum, E. (2010). A Comparative Study of University of Wisconsin-Stout Freshmen and Senior Education Majors Computing and Internet Technology Skills / Knowledge and Associated Learning Experiences. Ph.D. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI.. Retrieved February 17, 2019 from .

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