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Information Technology, Learning, and Performance Journal: The digital divide: gender and racial differences in information technology education.

The purpose of this study was to examine gender and racial differences in access to and participation in information technology education among undergraduate students. A sample of 310 students completed a background questionnaire, Computer Self-Efficacy Scale, and Sources of Computer Self-Efficacy Scale. Significant differences were found in the completion of information technology courses at the secondary and post-secondary education levels. In the present study, men reported a higher level of computer self-efficacy for beginning and file/software management skills than women did. Women reported receiving less encouragement (social persuasion) and having more computer anxiety (affective states) than men did. White students reported more confidence in their beginning and file/software management skills than did African-American students. A significant race difference did not exist for the perceived importance of information technology to education or career.

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Title Annotation:Abstracts
Author:Smith, S.M.
Publication:Women and Language
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2007
Words:134
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