A computer achievement model: An investigation of internal and external variables related to computer achievement
Leping Liu, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
University of Nevada, Reno . Awarded
This study investigated the relationships between computer achievement and two kinds of variables--internal variables and external variables. Internal variables were the computer attitude variables such as, enjoyment, motivation, importance, freedom from anxiety, and time spent on computers. External variables were the environmental variables such as, access to a computer, convenient helper, and computer requirement. 609 teacher education students served as the sample of this study. Multiple regression and model selection were employed for the data analysis of this study. 15 significant linear relationships and 6 significant quadratic relationships were found among these variables. Based upon the 21 relationships, a computer achievement model was developed. The findings suggested that computer achievement was directly influenced by the internal variables, and indirectly influenced by the external variables. The findings provided rich information that may help educators in planning computer education courses and improving student computer achievement. This study also suggested some potential research questions for further study.
Liu, L. A computer achievement model: An investigation of internal and external variables related to computer achievement. Ph.D. thesis, University of Nevada, Reno.
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