Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2381/534
Title: Gender and social facilitation effects on computer competence and attitudes toward computers.
Authors: Corston, Rod
Colman, Andrew M.
First Published: 1996
Publisher: Baywood
Citation: Journal of Educational Computing Research, 1996, 14, pp.171-183
Abstract: Subjects (36 male, 36 female), aged from 15 to 52 years, performed a computer-based tracking task under one of six audience conditions in an experiment designed to investigate the effects of gender and social facilitation on performance. In addition to the computer task, each subject completed a 15-item questionnaire designed to identify levels of computer usage, computer-related anxiety, confidence and competence when using computers, and attitudes toward computers and computer users. Males performed significantly better than females, and a significant social facilitation effect was found. A significant Gender  Audience interaction was found, with females performing very much better in the presence of a female audience than alone or with a male audience. The implication for educational policy and practice are briefly discussed.
Links: http://hdl.handle.net/2381/534
Type: Article
Description: This is the author's draft of an article published in Journal of Educational Computing Research. http://www.baywood.com/journals/previewjournals.asp?id=0735-6331
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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