Investigation of first year pre-service teachers' computer and internet uses in terms of gender

Birgin O., Coker B., Catlioglu H.

2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010), İstanbul, Turkey, 4 - 08 February 2010, vol.2, pp.1588-1592 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.241
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1588-1592


This paper investigates computer and internet use profiles of first year pre-service teachers' in terms of gender. A "Computer and Internet Usage Form" and a "Computer Attitude Scale" were conducted to 112 Turkish pre-service teachers. The data were analyzed using SPSS. As a result of the study, it was concluded that females are more likely to own a computer, whereas males were more experienced in using computers and that they used computers more frequently. It was found that computer attitudes did not change according to gender, though a significant difference was found in terms of computer competency favoring males. Furthermore, it was also found that there was no significant difference in terms of accessing knowledge, using the Internet with the purpose of communication and learning, whereas a significant difference was found favoring males in terms of using it with the aims of entertainment and downloading programs. These results indicate that there is still a gender gap in terms of computer and Internet uses among the Turkish pre-service teachers today. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.