The use of computer technology among the higher education administrators at the University of Jordan
Atif Bin-Tareef Al-Mwadieh, Ohio University, United States
Ohio University . Awarded
This study investigates the utilization of computer technology among higher education administrators at the University of Jordan. In addition, this study investigates the relationship between the current utilization of computer technology among the higher education administrators, and their previous computer training in order to determine the adequate training methods that may enhance their computer skills.
This study collected additional demographic data on the Jordanian administrators being surveyed. This data, such as years of professional experience at the university, and administrative position, was analyzed to determine the degree of significance to the way Jordanian higher administrators at the University of Jordan utilizes computers.
This research has been explored by conducting quantitative methodology and procedures. Descriptive statistics were used to gain the means and standard deviations for the respondents who participated in this study. This has been done to examine the extent to which the Jordanian higher education administrators utilized computers as an instructional tool, a personal tool, and a management tool. Also, to test if there was a statistical significant relationship between the demographic variables of the Jordanian higher education administrators at the University of Jordan and their reported level of utilization of computer technology.
The study population consisted of all administrators at the University of Jordan. The population included 103 administrators that were broken down into the following categories that were academic vice president, 13 academic deans, 13 associate deans, 13 assistant deans, and 64 department chairs. The entire population of 103 subjects was selected to make the study as complete as possible.
The study found that variables such as years of professional experience at the university, and amount of computer education, demonstrate a positive relationship with Jordanian higher administrators at the University of Jordan use of computers. However, administrators' position resulted in undifferentiated findings. Jordanian administrators expressed great interest in computer technology since they realized its importance in a developing institution. They indicated a strong desire to have and develop skills in computers.
Overall, the findings of the study as they relate to the computer experience indicated that 65.9% of the administrators had no computer experience, 15.3% had low computer experience, 14.1% had high computer experience, and finally 4.7% had medium computer experience.
Also, the results of this study revealed information that only 29 out of 85 administrators surveyed knew how to use computers. Regarding those 29 administrators, 51.7% indicated that they use computers for instructional purposes. Conversely, 100% of the administrators stated that they use computers for a management and a personal tool.
Al-Mwadieh, A.B.T. The use of computer technology among the higher education administrators at the University of Jordan. Ph.D. thesis, Ohio University.
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