Impact of Classroom Computer Use on Computer Anxiety
Increasing use of computer programs for undergraduate psychology education has raised concern over the impact of computer anxiety on educational performance. Additionally, some researchers have indicated that classroom computer use can exacerbate pre-existing computer anxiety. To evaluate the relationship between in-class computer use and computer anxiety, students (N=44) in an undergraduate abnormal psychology class were assessed for computer anxiety before and after using computerized simulations as part of their course. The Computer Aversion Scale and the Attitudes Toward Computers in General Scale were used to assess computer anxiety and computer attitudes, respectively. Students used four computerized simulations of Agoraphobia, Chronic Headache Pain, Bulimia, and Cocaine Abuse. Significant reductions in computer anxiety and improvement in attitudes toward computers were observed following computer use. Future research should focus on more specific aspects of the relationship between computer experience and computer anxiety. As psychology courseware continues to include a wider variety of learning activities, research investigating more and more complex aspects of these relationships will prove valuable to educators and students. (Author/ABL)
Lambert, M.E. Impact of Classroom Computer Use on Computer Anxiety.