Computers and human interaction

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Heerze, Hank L.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1998
This project addresses computers and human interaction in junior and senior high schools. The focus of the study is people— their attitudes and opinions regarding the impact of computers on human interaction, people's effect on computer implementation, and how computers can be used. Since these attitudes of individuals are important, it is the intent of this project to identify, gather, and compare the attitudes of students, teachers, parents, and senior administration. The implications of this study are to allow for personal use and for the development of strategies to implement and use computers in the school. The study itself consists of three components: a survey of the before mentioned individuals, a written response component in which respondents could elaborate on their responses, and an interview process with four survey respondents. The survey component comprises a questionnaire to determine attitudes regarding computer impact on human interaction, attitudes regarding the influence people have on computer implementation, and computer use. The written response aspect of the instrument is intended to give all respondents the option of expanding on or explaining their responses to specific survey statements. The third portion of the study, the interview, is designed to produce rationale and greater insight into responses, providing additional information for comparison. Eighty-five of the one-hundred and thirty surveys were returned. The differences in attitudes between the groups are statistically insignificant. In general, computers are not seen as having a negative impact on human interaction, it is suggested that if at all, not seen as having a negative impact on human interaction, it is suggested that if at all, computers produce positive influences on interaction. Responses vary somewhat regarding implementation; fear, teacher training, and money are at the forefront. Attitudes are mixed regarding computer use. However, stronger attitudes do not support teacher replacement by computers.
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Computers -- Social aspects , Education -- Data processing