Can You Really Teach an Old Dog New Tricks? A Look at Contributing Factors to Computer Use Self-efficacy While Examining Age and Gender Differences in Computer Use

By Srilata Bhattacharyya and Connie Tollett.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A total of 221 respondents, with 72% female and 28% male participated in this survey (159, 62 respectively). They completed a Computer User Self-Efficacy (CUSE) scale which included a composite of participant’s responses to 30 Likert-type items. Participants were asked to identify the strength of agreement/disagreement to statements about computers using a 6 point scale (1 = strongly disagree to 6 = strongly agree) and has a satisfactory internal consistency (α = .94, N = 186). Participants computer experience revealed a statistically significant main effect (F (3,213) = 2.819; p < .05). Participants familiarity of computer programs revealed a statistically significant main effect (F (3,213) = 4.520; p < .01) indicating differences in computer experience and computer familiarity scores. Participants’ computer training score and computer use self-efficacy score was not significant. Additionally, a hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to determine whether the original independent variables (age, computer experience) or computer training and computer familiarity was more important in explaining the variance for computer self-efficacy. For females, computer experience was the only statistically significant factor explaining variance for computer use self-efficacy. For males, two factors were statistically significant in explaining variance for computer use self-efficacy. Computer experience explained the greatest amount of variance followed by computer training for computer use self-efficacy.

Keywords: Computer User, Self-efficacy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.359-372. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.290MB).

Dr. Srilata Bhattacharyya

Associate Professor, Childhood Development, Curriculum & Instruction, Ruth Ammon School of Education, Adelphi University, Glen Cove, New York, USA

I have been in academia for many years. My experiences as a faculty member at the University of Bombay, India, as an invited Scholar at the University of West Indies, Kingston awarded by the Rotary International, at the University of Memphis,Tennessee, at New York Institute of Technology, New York, and currently at Adelphi University, New York, have lent a multicultural flavor to my research and teaching. My research interests are in Cross-cultural and Multicultural Education, Motivation and Self-regulation of Learning, and Technology.

Dr. Connie Tollett

Assistant Professor, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA


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