International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )
The main purpose of this study is to investigate associations between computer lab environments and Turkish students’ attitudes towards computers and computer courses. Participants were 490 students (322 students from middle schools and 168 students from high schools) from 40 different schools (65middle schools and 35 high schools). The mean student age was 13.38 (SD=1.94). To measure students’ attitudes towards computers and computer courses we used “Attitudes towards Computers and Computer Courses Questionnaire” (ACCC) developed by Newby and Fisher. This questionnaire has four sub-scales which can be described as (1) Anxiety; extent to which the students feel comfortable using a computer, (2) Enjoyment; extent to which the student enjoys using a computer, (3) Usefulness of Computers; extent to which the student believes computers are useful, and (4) Usefulness of Course; extent to which the student found the course useful. The results of the present study showed that there were negative correlations between the number of computers and the “Enjoyment” and “Usefulness of Computer” sub-dimensions. Besides, results also suggested that there were negative correlations between the numbers of students in computer labs and the “Enjoyment” and “Usefulness of Computer Courses” sub-dimensions. However, regression analysis did not reveal significant contributions of computer lab environments to students’ attitudes towards computers and computer courses.
: computer labs; computer attitudes; attitudes towards computer courses .
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