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Interrelationships between importance, knowledge and attitude of the inexperienced

Computers & Education Volume 32, Number 2, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This research study reports on the use of a computerized simulation integrated within a preservice methods course for early childhood majors. An experimental design was used to compare the difference in response to importance, knowledge and attitude related to computer utilization in the course between a group exposed to computer simulation, and with groups assigned to sections taught by traditional means. A one way ANOVA combined with t-tests for paired samples revealed a significant difference in experimental students' knowledge about computers (t=4.65, P=0.000). A fairly high correlation (0.776) for knowledge about computers was also shown through the data analysis. Main effects of ANCOVA revealed no significant difference in importance, knowledge and attitudes among the three groups. Similarly, results of t-tests for paired samples also showed no significant difference among the groups on importance of, or attitudes toward computers.


Powell, J.V. (1999). Interrelationships between importance, knowledge and attitude of the inexperienced. Computers & Education, 32(2), 127-136. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved March 3, 2021 from .

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