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Do Computers Enhance or Detract from Student Learning?


American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


The purpose of this study is to determine the relationships between students' self-reported use of computers and other information technologies and the outcomes of college thought to be essential for success during and after college. Data for this study are from the College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ) national research program. The sample is composed of 125,224 undergraduates from 205 four-year colleges and universities in the United States who completed the third edition of the CSEQ between 1990 and 1997. GNCMPTS is the gain item that asks students to indicate the extent to which they made progress during college in using computers and other information technologies. The sample was divided into two groups: High Gainers who reported substantial progress on GNCMPTS and Low Gainers. The results of this study unequivocally demonstrate that familiarity with computers contributes to, and does not detract from, the development of other skills and competencies considered to be important to success after college. Four tables present statistics. The CSEQ background variables and gains scales are appended. Contains 39 references. (AEF)


Kuh, G.D. & Vesper, N. (1999). Do Computers Enhance or Detract from Student Learning?. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1999. Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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