Despite extensive computer exposure, today’s students vary in their judgments of their capabilities in using technology, referred to as computer self-efficacy (CSE). A survey of university students revealed highest CSE in word processing skills followed closely by file management and presentation skills. Students reported moderate ability levels in spreadsheet skills and less than moderate skill levels in database management, webpage design, and computer programming. Females tended to report higher CSE in file management and word processing applications, whereas males indicated higher CSE in web page development. Students whose parents did not attend college were likely to have lower CSE in spreadsheet applications, presentation software, and database applications as compared to students whose parents attended college.
DuFrene, Debbie D.; Clipson, Timothy W.; and Wilson, S. Ann, "An Examination of College Students’ Computer Self-Efficacy as Related to Various Demographic Characteristics" (2011). Faculty Publications. 431.
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