Computer Attitudes, Interface Preference And Simple Task Performance

  • Konrad Morgan
  • Shirley Gibbs
  • Hamish Macleod
  • Robert Morris
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This paper was prompted out of concern at the gender imbalance that is often found in computing today, the consequences of which are feared likely to become more significant as the shortfall in skilled computing staff increases. This absence of females from computing subjects can be traced from the earliest sectors of our national education system through further and higher education into industry. If this trend is left to continue the authors fear it may pose a threat to the economic success of information technology in the United Kingdom; and be a sad reflection of the continuing gender inequality in our country. To try and increase awareness of the problems in such gender research, this paper aims to review past research which attempted to investigate the possible psychological, social and environmental differences for such gender imbalances in technical subjects, and to report on the gender differences found in the results of a study conducted by the authors at Napier Polytechnic in the years 1987 to 1989.


Post Session Cognitive Engagement Computer Attitude Math Anxiety Kruskal Wallis Anova 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Konrad Morgan
    • 1
  • Shirley Gibbs
    • 2
  • Hamish Macleod
    • 3
  • Robert Morris
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Information SciencePortsmouth PolytechnicPortsmouthUK
  2. 2.Computer Studies DepartmentNapier PolytechnicEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of EdinburghUK

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