An integrative model of factors related to computing course performance

Charlton, John P. and Birkett, Paul E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4295-9415 (1999) An integrative model of factors related to computing course performance. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 20 (3). pp. 237-257. ISSN 0735-6331


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A path modeling approach is adopted to examine inter-relationships between factors influencing computing behavior and computing course performance. Factors considered are gender, personality, intellect and computing attitudes, ownership and experience. Among many other conclusions, intrinsic motivation is suggested as a major factor which can explain many variables' relationship with course performance. Similarly to the common finding for non-computing specialist students, a male advantage in previous computing experience is observed, gender differences in computer ownership partially explaining this. In the absence of an attitudinal gender difference, the ownership difference is suggested to stem from the perception of computers as objects stereotypically bought by and for males. However, while having implications with respect to the gender imbalance usually observed on programming-oriented and more technically-oriented applications courses, these differences are not shown to confer a male advantage in course performance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Educational Computing Research, 20,(3), p.237-257. Baywood Publishing Co.,Inc. © Copyright Volume 1 - 1985 through Volume 36 - 2007
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 15:52

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