Exploring the Relationship between Middle School Student Technology Affinity and Attitudes Toward School
Leila Mills, Gerald Knezek, Tandra Tyler-Wood, Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States ; Peter Dunn-Rankin, University of Hawaii, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Middle school student 'snapshot' data were analyzed to explore significant patterns (relationships) between technology affinity (habits/ use) and aspects of school attitude. Data collection via a hand-written survey battery that included scales to measure: 1) creative tendencies, 2) comfort and learning with computers, 3) attitude towards school (to include like/hate school), 4) perception of being a good student or distracted student, 5) attitudes toward mathematics, science, technology, engineering (STEM), and 6) attitudes towards STEM as a career. Participants were sixty-three (n=63) 8th grader students, forty-five (n=45) of which were on track to attend a STEM magnet high school for grades 9-12. Technology affinity was found to be correlated with student gender and attitude towards mathematics.
Mills, L., Knezek, G., Tyler-Wood, T., Christensen, R. & Dunn-Rankin, P. (2013). Exploring the Relationship between Middle School Student Technology Affinity and Attitudes Toward School. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2269-2272). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).