Gender Differences In Computer Use Of 7th Graders In A Secondary School
Linda Challoo, Lilia Alaniz, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The purpose of this study was to compare gender differences in technology use and to find the possible reasons for such differences. A survey was conducted to explore how boys and girls use computers and their attitudes towards computers in a Secondary School. Research indicates that gender differences do exist and that there are several reasons for these differences. Most studies indicate that first, in attitudes; boys are more self-confident in using computers and liked using them more than girls. Secondly, boys used computers more out of school than girls but mostly for playing games. Studies have indicated that the frequency of use of applications such as e-mail, being able to access the Internet and using CD-ROMs showed no gender differences. There was evidence that the gender gap was reduced in areas of word processing, graphics, math, and programming.
Challoo, L. & Alaniz, L. (2006). Gender Differences In Computer Use Of 7th Graders In A Secondary School. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3866-3871). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).