The purpose of this study was to analyze computer experiences, self-perceived level of computer skills, and computer knowledge of students enrolled in undergraduate courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at TexasTech University.
The target population included students enrolled in undergraduate CASNR courses during the Spring 2002 semester. The instrument was administered to a sample of 740 non-duplicated students; each provided usable questionnaires.
The students reported a variety of computer experiences; 88.1% reported completing a course in computer usage and 87.2% owned a computer. Students indicated receiving instruction in word processing (93.9%) and spreadsheet use (91.0%). The students reported above average self-perceived skills in word processing (34.6%) and Internet use (35.3%). The number of correct responses on the Computer Experiences and Knowledge Inventory was 20.06 (60.8%) out of 33 with a standard deviation of 4.94.
There were no strong predictors that could be established from correlations between demographic characteristics and computer experiences with self-perceived level of computer skills and computer knowledge.
computer knowledge, computer skills, student experiences, undergraduates courses