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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v10.i1.40
12 pages

EFFECT OF GENDER ON COMPUTER USE AND ATTITUDES OF COLLEGE SENIORS

Leah P. McCoy
Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7266, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Tina L. Heafner
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

ABSTRACT

Male and female students have historically had different computer attitudes and levels of computer use. These equity issues are of interest to researchers and practitioners who seek to understand why a digital divide exists between men and women. In this study, these questions were examined in an intensive computing environment in which all students at one university were issued identical laptop computers and used them extensively for 4 years. Self-reported computer use was examined for effects of gender. Attitudes toward computers were also assessed and compared for male and female students. The results indicated that when the technological environment was institutionally equalized for male and female students, many traditional findings of gender differences were not evident.


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