Attitudes of high school students in Saudi Arabia toward computers
Abdulaziz Mohamed Abanamie, Mississippi State University, United States
Mississippi State University . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes of male and female high school students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, toward computers.
The findings of this study indicated generally gender did not influence students' attitudes toward computers in this study. However, on the subscale items, female students had greater confidence in their abilities to learn and use computers than that demonstrated by their male counterparts. Furthermore, female students showed a higher degree of computer liking than that their male counterparts. Place of residence did not influence students' attitudes toward computers. Students from middle and high social class families had positive attitudes toward computers and higher computer confidence. Students from middle and high social class families also perceived computers as being useful, and showed a higher computer liking. Students from high-income parents were more likely to have a higher attitude, higher liking and a favorable attitude toward computers than students from low-income parents. Students whose fathers or mothers held higher academic degrees had more confidence, perceived usefulness, and a positive attitude toward computers than students whose fathers or mothers held less than a high school degree.
High school students enrolled in school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, appeared to have a favorable and positive overall attitude toward computers. Students who had computer experience had more positive attitudes toward computers than those students who did not. Students who started using computers in elementary or middle school held a more favorable attitude toward computers than those who started to use computers in high school. Also students whose teachers first taught them to use computers in elementary school held a higher degree of positive attitude toward computers than those students whose teachers first taught them to use a computer in high school.
Students who thought that they should first be introduced to computers in elementary school held a higher degree of positive attitude toward computers than that held by those who thought they should first be introduced to computers in middle school. Finally, students who were inclined to take more courses that would teach them how to use a computer held a more favorable attitude toward computers, and had more computer confidence than students who did not take more courses.
Abanamie, A.M. Attitudes of high school students in Saudi Arabia toward computers. Ph.D. thesis, Mississippi State University.
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