Computer literacy in secondary education: The performance and engagement of girls

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Voogt, Joke (1987) Computer literacy in secondary education: The performance and engagement of girls. Computers & Education, 11 (4). pp. 305-312. ISSN 0360-1315

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Abstract:This research study examines performance and engagement in computer literacy of boys and girls (N = 873). Performance and engagement in computer literacy are established with CAST. Computer Alfabetisme Schalen Twente, a Dutch version of the Minnesota Computer Literacy Awareness Assessment. The results of the study show that girls perform lower and are less engaged in computer literacy than boys. Research on sex differences in mathematics and science education shows that three factors are important for the design of action programs for girls, viz. the expectation and behaviour of significant others, the perception of the usefulness of the subject for a future career and a positive attitude towards the subject. This study shows that these factors seem to be relevant for computer literacy too. It has been found that a positive attitude towards mathematics and physics is positively related to a positive attitude towards computer literacy. An examination of the relation between performance in computer literacy and attitude towards mathematics and physics shows no differences in performance between boys and girls with a negative attitude towards mathematics and physics. For boys and girls with a positive attitude towards mathematics and physics however a difference in performance in computer literacy has been found in favour of boys
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Copyright:© 1987 Elsevier Science
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Behavioural Sciences (BS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/68008
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0360-1315(87)90032-7
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