Predicting the Outcome of a Computer Literacy Course Based on a Candidate’s Personal Characteristics

  • Andries J. Burger
  • Pieter J. Blignaut
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4553)


People differ and we tend to notice the physical differences among them more readily than we notice their differences in thinking styles. The success of an information system can be influenced by the psychological make-up of an individual. Specific biographical, psychological and cognitive factors were identified that may explain why, with the same amount of computer training and experience, some people will have a higher degree of computer proficiency than others. Two formulas were derived and it was found that different variables predict the computer proficiency of white and black students, respectively.


computer proficiency personality learning style anxiety spatial visualisation ability numerical ability scholastic ability mathematics ability computer attitude 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andries J. Burger
    • 1
  • Pieter J. Blignaut
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Free StateSouth Africa

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