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Computer usage and the validity of self-assessed computer competence among first-year business students

Ballantine, Joan, McCourt Larres, Patricia and Oyelere, Peter (2007) Computer usage and the validity of self-assessed computer competence among first-year business students. Computers and Education, 49 (4). pp. 976-990. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131505001958

DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2005.12.001

Abstract

This study evaluates the reliability of self-assessment as a measure of computer competence. This evaluation is carried out in response to recent research which has employed self-reported ratings as the sole indicator of students’ computer competence. To evaluate the reliability of self-assessed computer competence, the scores achieved by students in self-assessed computer competence tests are compared with scores achieved in objective tests. The results reveal a statistically significantly over-estimation of computer competence among the students surveyed. Furthermore, reported pre-university computer experience in terms of home and school use and formal IT education does not affect this result. The findings call into question the validity of using self-assessment as a measure of computer competence. More generally, the study also provides an up-to-date picture of self-reported computer usage and IT experience among pre-university students from New Zealand and South-east Asia and contrasts these findings with those from previous research.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:18834
Deposited By: Professor Joan Ballantine
Deposited On:19 Feb 2015 10:31
Last Modified:19 Feb 2015 10:31

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