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Landmark Research Journals of Medicine and Medical Sciences
September 2016 Vol. 3(7), pp. 070-078
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Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Perceived Computer Self-Efficacy as Determinants of Attitudes Towards Computer Use Among Secondary School Students
Okhakhume A.S, Ogunlude, F.B.
Occupational Health Administration, Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan
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Accepted 21 July, 2016
Technology is challenging the boundaries of the educational structures that have traditionally facilitated learning. Educators who advocate technology integration in the learning process believe it will improve learning and better prepare students to effectively participate in the 21st century workplace. This study investigated socio-demographic characteristics and perceived computer self-efficacy as determinants of attitudes toward computer use among secondary school students. The study employed ex-post facto design. The study was conducted within Ibadan metropolis; using secondary school students as a population. A total number of two hundred and eight (208) secondary students were selected using accidental sampling technique for the study. Four hypotheses were tested in the study using t-test for independent samples, pearson correlation and one-way Analysis of Variance. The results showed that computer self-efficacy has significant influence on attitudes toward computer use among secondary school students (t=15.68; df=206; p<.05). Gender has no significant influence on attitudes toward computer use among secondary school students (t=0.76; df =206; p>.05). Ages of the secondary school students do not relate with their attitudes toward computer use (r=-.023; p>.05). Classes of the secondary school students have no significant influence on attitudes toward computer use (F(2, 205) = 1.11; p>.05). With these findings, it can be concluded that exposing the secondary school students into programmes that could enhance or build their confidence in the use of computer will help them have positive attitudes toward computer use. Socio-demographic characteristics such as gender, age and classes of secondary school students are not vital in ensuring that students have positive attitudes toward computer use.
Keywords: Socio-Demographic, Computer, Technology, Students.